ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF women's basketball guard Gevenia Carter hasn't always been a natural with a basketball in her hands.
Although the senior has been lighting up the court lately, her shooting prowess was slow-going when she picked up the sport as a 10-year-old in her hometown of Houston, Texas.
"I was terrible," Carter said with a laugh. "I used to shoot with two hands before a teammate's dad showed me the correct form. It's kind of why I line up awkward on the free throw line compared to other right-handed shooters. I used to shoot across my body."
Thankfully for the Knights, she's worked out the kinks. The senior is averaging 16 points per game during her current six-consecutive double-digit streak as she works on making her final year a memorable one.
Moreover, Carter heads into Sunday's home game against Southern Miss five treys shy of breaking into UCF's top-10 list for most 3-point field goals made in a career. She has come quite a long way from her trying days as the only member of 2009's recruiting class.
"It's tough to be the only freshman on a team because you go through things freshmen go through by yourself," UCF head coach Joi Williams said. "There are a lot of expectations and things you have to get used to. It was difficult. She had her moments, but certainly she had some moments where we could see that she was very talented and that she was going to be able to contribute a lot to this program by the time she finished."
Over the past four years, Carter has helped the team capture a Conference USA championship and has grown into a teammate that her fellow Knights respect.
"She's very compassionate," Williams said. "She's done a great job at being a mentor and understanding their struggles as a student-athlete."
Carter hopes that her personality and characteristics will define her legacy at UCF more than statistics and recognition in the record books.
"(I want to be known) as a person who was there for her teammates not only on the court, but off the court also," Carter said. "Just a person who grew into a great young lady."