A Look Back at UCF's Top C-USA Moments

Go C-USA! Jelisa Caldwell and the Knights cut down the Knights in El Paso after winning the 2011 C-USA Championship title.
Go C-USA!
Jelisa Caldwell and the Knights cut down the Knights in El Paso after winning the 2011 C-USA Championship title.
Go C-USA!

June 10, 2013

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By Jenna Marina
UCFAthletics.com

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - With the move to the American Athletic Conference on the horizon, UCF's time in Conference USA is coming to a close. Before leaving the league, let's take a look at the women's basketball program's best moments during its time in C-USA, which spanned from 2005-13.

1. UCF 65 - Southern Miss 54 (OT) (March 8, 2009)
Winners of just two of its 13 non-conference games during the 2008-09 season, no one gave UCF much thought when it came to the C-USA Championship. The team had not won a tournament game in three tries since joining the conference but shocked everyone with its 4-0 run through the tournament. In effect, the Knights became just the second team in the 14-year history of C-USA to win the title without the benefit of a first-round bye. UCF topped Southern Miss in overtime thanks to a stellar defensive effort that held the Golden Eagles without a field goal in the extra period. The Knights went on to dance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

2. UCF 85 - Tulane 73 (March 12, 2011)
Two years after their first Conference USA title, the Knights rose to the top once again on the strength of their longest win streak in 27 years. UCF topped defending champion Tulane in the 2011 C-USA championship game, avenging its 63-62 loss to the Green Wave in the quarterfinals of the 2010 tournament. Although Tulane threatened UCF's lead late in the second half, inching within 70-68, the Knights closed out the game with a 15-5 run. Jelisa Caldwell's 27 points paced six Knights who netted double figures to lift UCF to its 11th-straight victory and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

3. UCF 68 - UTEP 65 (Feb. 10, 2011)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ET6BnEWXssw
It's a shot that has been used in highlight reels ever since it went through the bottom of the net. Trailing to UTEP by five points with two minutes to go, the Knights managed to tie the score with 22 seconds remaining in the game. With one last possession, Ashia Kelly set a screen in the backcourt to free up then-sophomore Gevenia Carter. She dribbled the length of the floor and threw up a prayer from 40-feet away. Her shot nicked the back iron, but otherwise went through the hoop unscathed as the buzzer sounded, putting UCF on top 68-65 for their first victory over the Miners in five years.

4. UCF 89 - UTEP 77 (March 15, 2013)
Sure you could argue that UCF's upset of No. 1 seed SMU in the quarterfinals was a more crucial win during the magical run through the 2013 Conference USA Tournament, but the Knights put together perhaps their complete game of the season in this semifinal victory over defending champion UTEP. Six scored in double figures to tally the most points by a team in a semifinal game and the seventh most in a single game in C-USA Tournament history. With the 89-77 win, UCF advanced to its third title game in five years.

5. UCF 64 - Mississippi State 56 (Nov. 22, 2012) 0-44: That was UCF's all-time record against programs from the SEC heading into its final matchup of the Puerto Vallarta Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Mexico. The Knights refused to let history dictate the outcome as UCF never allowed the Bulldogs to lead in the game. Playing through illness, Gevenia Carter led the charge with 17 points and Erika Jones grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to deliver the victory.

 

 

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