Women's Hoops Travels to Texas Tech Saturday

by Jenna VanHoose
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ORLANDO - The Knights head to Lubbock for a Saturday night matchup against Texas Tech on Feb. 10.  Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. inside United Supermarkets Arena.

The Rundown

• This contest will mark the 3rd meeting between the teams and the first matchup as conference opponents.

• The Lady Raiders average 19.46 forced turnovers per game to which ranks them at No. 4 in the Big 12.

• Texas Tech leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage with 76.8 while the Knights are close behind at No. 3 (74.0).

• UCF and Texas Tech each played in the tropics as the Knights were in Puerto Rico and the Lady Raiders in Hawaii.

Scouting Texas Tech

• Texas Tech heads into the matchup with a 16-8 record and is 5-6 in the Big 12.

• The Lady Raiders head into the matchup on a two-game losing streak against Cincinnati and West Virginia.

• Head Coach Krista Gerlich is in her fourth season at Texas Tech and 18th season as a head coach.

• Texas Tech has two players who average double digits in scoring with Jasmine Shavers leading the pack with 14.8 and Bailey Maupin tallies 13.7 points per game.  

• Maupin leads the team in free throw percentage at 86.2.

• As a team, the Lady Raiders are No. 4 in the Big 12 and 42nd in the NCAA for free throws made per game (14.62).

A Win Would…

• Give the Knights their third win in Big 12 conference play

• Improve their record to 12-10

• Give UCF its first win over Texas Tech in program history

• Be better than a loss

Rising to the Top

• Junior Kaitlin Peterson is having a stellar debut season for the Knights, as she is second in the Big 12 with 20.1 points per game. 

• The Eufaula, Alabama, native tallied 32 points against Baylor to mark her fourth game this season with 30 or more points, which leads the Big 12. 

• In UCF’s 11 conference games, Peterson is averaging 20.7 points per game to lead the league. She set a career high with 35 points at Cincinnati on Jan. 10.

• Peterson started her UCF career with 31 points in the Knights’ 101-63 victory against Bethune-Cookman, which was a career high at the time. She was 6-10 from beyond the arc and 12-19 from the field, adding in one free throw.

• She’s scored double digits in 20 of UCF’s 19 games this season and has reached 20 points on 10 occasions. 

Double-Double Duo

• A pair of double-doubles from Khyala Ngodu and Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu lifted the Knights to a 92-87 win over Houston on Jan. 27.

• The frontcourt duo combined for 20 of UCF’s 44 first half points.

• Ngodu recorded a career-high 25 points, grabbing 12 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the first of her career. She also had three blocks and tallied one block.

• Robinson-Nwagwu added 12 points, pulling down 10 rebounds for the first double-double of her career. She also had a game-high five assists for the Knights.

• The pair became the first UCF duo since Taylor Gibson and Destiny Thomas to record two double-doubles in one game. Gibson and Thomas achieved the accomplishment on Nov. 27, 2022 against SEMO.

50 = Magic Number

• The Black and Gold are 4-0 when limiting their opponent to 50 points or less.

• From Nov. 24 through Dec. 19, the Knights held five of their seven opponents to less than 50 points.

• UCF held Campbell (12/3) and Morgan State (12/19) to just 41 points marking the lowest points against an opponent this season.

Déjà Vu

• Kaitlin Peterson recorded back-to-back 20-plus point games on Jan. 3 and 6, tallying 22 points in both games against Oklahoma State and Kansas State.

• Peterson’s achievement marked the first time a UCF player has recorded consecutive 20-point games since the 2021-22 season when Diamond Battles scored 21 points in back-to-back games on Jan. 22 and 26.

Spreading the Wealth

• UCF is 10-2 when it records more assists than its opponent.

• Nine Knights have led UCF in assists for at least one game this season.

• Laila Jewett has led the team in assists throughout 10 games this season and ranks 18th in the Big 12 with 3.3 assists per game.

• The Black and Gold average 11.9 assists per game.

Taking Advantage of The Freebies

 • As a team, the Black and Gold are ranked third in the Big 12 with a free-throw percentage of 74.0.

 • In the matchup against Houston on Jan. 27, UCF recorded a season-high 33 free throws made.

• The Knights are averaging 19.76 free throw attempts per game.

• Morgan Robinson-Nwagwu went 14-15 from the free throw line against West Virginia (1/13) to mark a career-high in free throws made and attempted.