UCF Women's Basketball Pulls Off Dramatic Comeback OT Win
Feb. 17, 2013
By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team showed heart in a thrilling come-from-behind win over UTEP in overtime, 76-69, on Play 4 Kay Pink day. The comeback kids rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to tie the game with .8 seconds left before going on to outscore the Miners, 10-3, in the extra period.
Junior Erika Jones was the catalyst with a career-high 21 points and season-high 19 rebounds - including 10 offensive boards - for her second double-double of the year. Senior Gevenia Carter recorded her third-straight 20-point outing with 21 points and Kayli Keough posted 12 points to round out the double-digit scorers.
The Knights (11-14, 5-6) banded together after their leading scorer, Briahanna Jackson, battled foul trouble all game, playing just 18 minutes. She picked up two fouls in the first four minutes and was forced to sit for the remainder of the half.
UTEP (18-6, 6-5) jutted out to a 10-point advantage, 22-12, but UCF steadily chipped away at the deficit thanks to a 14-4 run capped off by a hustle play from Carter, who picked off a pass at midcourt and drove for a transition layup to knot the score at 26 with less than five minutes to play.
The Miners came out of the half holding a 35-31 edge and again managed to push their lead out to 10 points, 54-44, with less than nine minutes to play when Chrishauna Parker hit a 3-pointer.
UCF pushed back with a 16-5 run that helped claim its first lead of the half, 60-59, when Jackson grabbed a defensive rebound to get the fast break started and found Carter wide open on the left wing for a trey.
Anete Steinberga put UTEP back on top with a pair of free throws and the Miners thought they'd be able to escape with the win after Jones missed two free throw attempts with 14 seconds remaining.
But UCF got a second chance after putting Parker at the free throw line where she missed both. The Knights called a timeout and were able to set up in their halfcourt offense. Guard Andrea Hines dished inside to Jones, who again was fouled with .8 seconds remaining.
This time, Jones converted both to tie the score at 66 and send a game to overtime for the first time this year.
The Knights dominated in the extra five minutes, as Sara Djassi netted five of UCF's 10 unanswered points. UTEP's Cameasha Turner snuck in a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining to rest the score, 76-69.
Sunday's win marked the sixth time this season UCF has rallied for a victory. Oddly enough, UCF's last overtime win occurred exactly two years ago to the day in a 73-69 victory over Tulane at home.
The Knights travel to Rice on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET before returning to Orlando for Sunday's matchup against East Carolina.