UCF sports in review: Jan. 15 to Jan. 22

Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

Men’s Basketball: UCF (14-4, 5-1) continued its impressive run on Tuesday night with an 86-64 win over I-4 rival USF (6-12, 0-7) at the CFE Arena. Senior Matt Williams was the star of the night. He put up a career-high 38 points, and nailed 11 threes, which is a new UCF and conference record. Senior Tank Efianayi, redshirt junior A.J. Davis and sophomore Tacko Fall all ended up in double figures as well. The victory gave the Knights an 18-15 lead in the War On I-4 rivalry series. They will now enter a stretch of six straight games against teams in the top half of the conference, starting on the road this Sunday against Memphis (14-5, 4-2). Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.

Women’s Basketball: After picking up its first conference win of the season last week, UCF (12-7, 2-4) split its two AAC matchups this week. On Wednesday, the Knights beat East Carolina (10-9, 1-5) on the road by a score of 54-42. Junior Aliyah Gregory led all scorers with 17 points, while fellow junior Fifi Ndour put up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The team couldn’t stay hot on Saturday, falling 73-62 at home to Tulsa (6-13, 2-4). Gregory led the way once again, finishing with 25 points. Up next is a contest with Cincinnati, which comes to the CFE Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Men’s Tennis: The Knights started their season last weekend with back-to-back wins. On Monday, they kept it going with a 7-0 sweep of Arizona at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona. They will look to keep things rolling on Sunday as they face Auburn and Bethune-Cookman.

Track and Field: UCF competed in the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational this weekend in Lexington, Ky. On Friday, the team posted a couple of top-five finishes. Senior Chelsea Gobourne took third in the weight throw, while the medley relay team came in fifth. Saturday was a big day for the Knights, as they posted five top-10 finishes. Redshirt senior Anne-Marie Blaney set a personal and school record in the 3,000-meter run, finishing in 9:18.87. The mark was good enough for first place. The team travels to Clemson next weekend for a two-day meet.

Softball: The 2017 preseason coaches’ poll for the American Athletic Conference was released on Wednesday. UCF was picked to finish third, behind USF (second) and Tulsa (first). The Knights went 38-22 last season, losing for a third straight year in the NCAA Regional Finals. They open up their season on Feb. 10 with two home games against Florida A&M (3:30 p.m.) and Pittsburgh (6 p.m.).

Football: On Thursday morning, it was announced that UCF and Pittsburgh agreed on a future football series. It will begin on Sept. 29, 2018 when the Panthers come to Orlando. The Knights will then make the return trip to Heinz Field on Sept. 21, 2019.

 

Bailey Adams is a contributor for the Central Florida Focus. You can follow him on Twitter at @BaileyJAdams22 and email the sports team by reaching out to EvanA@centralfloridafocus.com.