UCF sports in review: Jan. 23 to Jan. 29

The UCF men's basketball team has lost three straight games. Photo courtesy UCF.

Men’s Basketball: The Knights (14-7, 5-4) had a nightmare of a week, losing three straight. On Sunday afternoon, they turned the ball over 16 times in a 70-65 loss at Memphis (15-6, 5-3). They came back with a valiant effort at home on Wednesday against SMU (18-4, 8-1), but fell just short in a 65-60 contest. Redshirt sophomore B.J. Taylor led UCF in scoring with 22 points and sophomore Tacko Fall put up a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds. They played a tight game on Saturday on the road against Tulsa (12-8, 6-2), but foul trouble and turnovers led to a 77-66 loss. UCF will look to snap its losing streak on Wednesday at Houston (14-7, 5-4).

Women’s Basketball: UCF (13-8, 3-5) bounced back from last Saturday’s disappointing loss with a 64-44 win on Tuesday over Cincinnati (14-7, 5-3). Junior Aliyah Gregory scored over 20 points for the third straight game, dropping 22 on the Bearcats. However, the team couldn’t stay hot on Saturday, losing 65-59 at Memphis (10-11, 3-5) despite a 26-point effort from senior Zykira Lewis. The Knights return to the court next Saturday at SMU (11-9, 2-5).

Men’s Tennis: UCF (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season last Sunday against Auburn by a score of 4-3. The Knights got points from redshirt senior Harrison Richmond, senior Chris Barrus and junior Korey Lovett. The team’s matchup with Bethune-Cookman later that afternoon was then postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams will square off in a makeup this Sunday.

Women’s Tennis: UCF improved to 3-1 on the season on Saturday with a 5-2 win over Stetson. After having last Sunday’s match with Bethune-Cookman canceled, the team will make it up this Sunday.

Track and Field: The Knights competed in the Bob Pollock Invitational at Clemson University on Friday and Saturday. Redshirt senior Anne-Marie Blaney, who set a school record in the 3,000-meter run last weekend, picked up another this weekend. During Friday’s action, she set the one-mile record with a time of 4:45.06. The Knights had six other top-10 finishes, with four of them coming in the weight throw. Blaney picked up another win on Saturday in the 3,000-meter run, while junior Rosie Chamberlain won the 800-meter. The Knights posted six other top-10 finishes on Saturday.

Volleyball: After adding Brian Doyon, co-head coach of the collegiate national team, to his staff last week, UCF head coach Todd Dagenais announced a transfer this week. Setter Erin Olson, who played her freshman season at Bradley, will join the Knights. She totaled a team-high 582 assists this past season.

Football: On Tuesday, UCF athletic director Danny White announced the new Rise and Conquer Initiative. The focus is on improving facilities, as well as changing the way fans experience football game days. For full information on changes and plans, visit www.weriseandconquer.com.

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.