March 5, 2012
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Head coach Joi Williams stood in front of the whiteboard in the UCF women's basketball team locker room following the Knights' regular season finale on March 1 and asked the Knights, "How many games does it take to win the tournament?"
Freshman Meghan Keough responded: "One."
Never one to look past its next opponent, the UCF women's basketball team will face its first test in ninth-seeded Southern Miss in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament on Wednesday at 6 p.m. eastern at Elma Roane Fieldhouse in Memphis, Tenn. The Knights were an eight seed once before, posting a 1-1 record in the 2010 Tournament by surviving Marshall in overtime in the opening round before falling to No. 1 seed Tulane by one point.
UCF swept the Golden Eagles in the regular season. In their first meeting on Jan. 15, Gevenia Carter poured in a then-career-high 23 points while Aisha Patrick posted an incredible stat line of 19 points, eight rebounds, a season-high seven assists and five steals to top the Golden Eagles 65-47 in front of a school-record 2,178 crowd. More than a month later, UCF converted 26-of-30 from the free throw line to notch its seventh-straight win, 74-60, over Southern Miss. UCF is the only team to defeat the Golden Eagles in the month of February this year.
The Knights have won the C-USA Championship twice in the last three years and have compiled an 8-4 record all-time in the tournament. UCF holds a 12-4 record in the month of March since Williams took over the program in 2007-08. Of those four losses, two were in the NCAA Tournament to North Carolina and Ohio State.
UCF will be led by Patrick, who was named to the All-Conference USA First Team on Sunday. Patrick heads into the tournament four steals shy of the school career record. She has swiped at least four steals in five games this season.
The winner of the opening round will advance to face No. 1 seed UTEP in Thursday's quarterfinals at 6 p.m. eastern.
As always, the IMG Sports Network will broadcast all of UCF's games live on UCFAthletics.com with a subscription plan. Scott Adams will provide the play-by-play. Live stats for all games are also available via the C-USA Tournament Central page.