Knights stomp Rattlers

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Gabe Lozada / Valencia Voice

UCF women's basketball player, Erika Jones goes in to score a basket.

The Lady Knights basketball team held nothing back when they defeated FAMU on Friday, 67-51, at the UCF arena.The Knights’ home opener started on a high note. Before tip off, the Knights’ banner for their 2011 conference championship was presented above the crowd. Former and current players were acknowledged for their great season.“There is an overwhelming feeling of pride and great accomplishment,” said Coach Joi Williams. “It definitely motivates you to want to do it over and over again.”

It was clear that her girls felt the same. Junior guard Gevenia “Nae” Carter put in 21 points, the game-high, shooting 8-of-10 field goals.

“We just played hard the entire game,” Carter said. “We made mistakes but we just continued to capitalize on things that they couldn’t.”

During the first half, every shot taken from UCF was matched with one by FAMU. The period ended with UCF holding a point over FAMU at 21-20.

The Knights came out swinging after halftime, and an 11-2 run led them to their first home victory of the season.

Senior guard Aisha Patrick stayed in the game for 36 minutes and helped her team with 17 points and 11 rebounds, even after hurting her shin while defending the ball.

“This is my last year so I don’t have time to baby any of my injuries,” Patrick said. “Everybody gets hurt but I need to step up for my team.”

While Williams was pleased with her team’s performance, she found that free throws would need some work heading into their next game.

“We had an opportunity where we shot 25 free throws and only made half of them. It’s unacceptable,” she said. “I think we did a good job of being aggressive and getting to the free throw line, but when we get there we got to knock them down.”

Due to the recent loss of Oklahoma State women’s basketball coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna as well as FAMU’s own basketball player, Shannon Washington, a moment of silence was held before the game.

FAMU and UCF share a record of 1-1. The Lady Knights picked up another win when they hosted Mercer on Sunday, 72-43.