UCF sports in review: Jan. 30 to Feb. 4

Courtesy UCF Athletics Communications

Men’s Basketball: The Knights (15-8, 6-5) saw their losing streak hit four games on Wednesday with an 82-64 loss at Houston (16-7, 7-4). Senior Matt Williams led the team with 26 points, while redshirt sophomore B.J. Taylor chipped in 19. However, UCF broke its skid on Saturday with a 72-57 victory at home over Memphis (17-7, 7-4). The Knights got out to a 13-0 lead early and never looked back, holding on late for their second-ever win over the Tigers. Williams once again led the way with 20, while Taylor put up 16. The team hits the road on Wednesday for a matchup against No. 14 Cincinnati (21-2, 10-0).

Women’s Basketball: UCF (13-9, 3-6) dropped its second straight on Saturday, losing 63-58 at SMU (13-10, 4-6). Junior Aliyah Gregory finished with a season-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough to bring the Knights back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit. They return to the CFE Arena on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. matchup with Houston (9-14, 2-8).

Football: Wednesday was National Signing Day and it was a big one for UCF. The Knights brought in their best class ever, with 22 new players coming aboard. At the end of the day on Wednesday, head coach Scott Frost had the second-best class in the AAC according to 247Sports. However, Thursday brought a surprise in the form of four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson. It looked like the big back out of Memphis had committed to Maryland on Wednesday, but he never signed. His commitment to the Knights put their class atop the conference. It also stands as the top class out of all non-power five schools. It was also announced during the week that this year’s spring game is set for April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Golf: UCF competed in the Florida Challenge on Monday, finishing fourth out of 11 Florida schools. The Knights were led by senior Johanna Larsson, who shot four over par. That was good enough for sixth overall, marking her first top-10 finish. They will get back at it on Sunday, starting the three-day UCF Challenge.

Men’s Tennis: The Knights (4-1) made up a postponed match on Sunday, beating Bethune-Cookman 7-0. The team swept doubles play, earning the point. They then rolled through singles play, with each player winning in straight sets. The team is off until Feb. 17, when it hosts Tennessee Tech at the USTA National Campus.

Women’s Tennis: UCF (5-1) swept Bethune-Cookman on Sunday by a score of 7-0 before picking up another sweep of Florida A&M on Friday. In addition to winning her singles points in both matches, junior Emelia Granstrom also helped the Knights pick up doubles points in both matches. She has yet to lose a match this season. UCF hosts Georgia Southern on Sunday.

 

Bailey Adams is a contributor for the Central Florida Focus. You can follow him on Twitter at @BaileyJAdams and contact the sports team at EvanA@centralfloridafocus.com.