UCF pulls victory against UTEP

By Andresa Knight
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With a buzzer-beating win the University of Central Florida Knights women’s basketball team roared back against the University of Texas at El Paso with a 68-65 victory, Thursday at the Brighthouse Stadium.

UCF scored the last seven points after falling behind 65-61 on UTEP’s Gloria Brown’s layup with one minute, 21 seconds left and it undid an 18-point, 11-rebound night from UTEP freshman Kayla Thornton.

After a UCF three pointer got it within 65-64 with a minute to play, UTEP appeared, for a moment, to be in control.

With five seconds left, Geneva Carter sank a three pointer from just past half court at the buzzer to win the game.

The buzzer-beating triple, which was the Knights’ (13-10, 6-4 C-USA) 10th of the tilt, spoiled the comeback bid by the Miners (12-10, 4-6 C-USA).

Head coach Joi Williams states “I’m very proud of my team and the way we fought.”
Chelsie Wiley made plenty of clutch baskets while finishing with 26 points, 6-of-11 from three-point range. D’Nay Daniels (13 points) and Aisha Patrick (11) joined her in double figures, while Carter concluded the contest with nine points.

UCF finished at just 37.9 percent (22-of-58) from the floor, but did go 10-of-24 from the three-point range.

“We played very hard and fought for this win,” says Coach Williams stated. Next game: vs. Tulane Green Wave, Feb 17, 7:00pm ET