Oct. 22, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The 2012-13 women's basketball season was agony for UCF junior forward Brittni Montgomery.
As a transfer from Virginia Tech, Montgomery was allowed to participate in practices, but could not compete on game days due to NCAA rules.
The Fort Pierce native said it was the longest stretch away from competition that she has had to endure through her career. Adding insult to injury, she had to watch the Knights make their magical run through their final Conference USA Tournament to the title game without her.
"Just knowing you could have helped your team win a conference championship does nothing more than make you hungrier," Montgomery said. "So I'm very excited to get back out there. I really can't wait."
The Knights expect the 6-foot-3 forward to be a key player for the frontcourt this year. With senior Erika Jones by her side, Montgomery said she thinks the pair will be a force in the paint.
"I just want to help my team in any way possible, especially rebounding," Montgomery said. "We don't really lack in rebounding, but just to help in that aspect - being another big person. We were slim last year, we only had nine players (due to injury), and I felt like I could have contributed. Having to sit out was kind of tough."
Montgomery will also be an asset for the team due to the two years she spent playing basketball in one of the big-five conferences (ACC) with the Hokies. Montgomery hopes to draw upon her knowledge as the Knights transition from C-USA to the American Athletic Conference this year - one of college basketball's premiere leagues.
"It's really going to help me help my teammates," Montgomery said of her experience. "We know what's coming and how much bigger the competition is going to be. I think we'll be ready."