The UCF women's basketball team just spent the past week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope, but it wasn't all business for the team in the tropical locale. The Knights were able to enjoy the amenities of the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and had a chance to sprinkle in a little fun when they weren't playing games. Before heading back to the States, the players discussed what they most enjoyed about the trip. Here are their answers:
Kiana Morton: I ate octopus for the first time. It tasted like shrimp to me. I liked it.
Andrea Hines: I tried guacamole. Usually, I just eat my chips with salsa because guacamole is green and I always thought it would be gross. But I liked it.
Sara Djassi: I just enjoyed competing, especially against the top teams. It was good to see how hard they play and showed me how hard I have to work to get there. All the extra stuff was nice, but I came here for business.
Sarah Green: I ate spicy tuna for the first time and it was delicious.
Stephanie Taylor: I liked everything. The scenery was extremely pretty.
Briahanna Jackson: I'm glad we came because it was my first time out of the country. And I ordered room service like 10 times a day. I probably had 15 club sandwiches.
Gevenia Carter: It was a great experience being in another country - the scenery, the culture, all of it. And I love Mexican food.
Kayli Keough: I think our team got closer coming here. It was a good bonding trip.
Bryeasha Blair: I'm happy that I got to leave with six boxes of cereal.
Meghan Keough: It was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean. Waking up here and playing basketball is better than waking up anywhere else and playing basketball.
Erika Jones: It was nice to see the coaches happy and more laid back.
A photo gallery of the trip can be found on Facebook.