Daniels, Wiley look to lead UCF past Tulane
Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 17:02
Things seem to be going the Knights' way since winning three straight conference games. Gevenia Carter is hitting half-court shots. Chelsie Wiley received Conference USA Player of the Week honors. And the Knights are climbing back up in the standings.
Thursday's battle at the UCF Arena will see the Knights take on the Tulane Green Wave at 7 p.m. Tulane comes in on a three-game losing streak and will be hungry for a victory, but coach Joi Williams knows the importance of winning this game at home.
"We have to win the home games, no matter who comes in here," Williams said. "And we need fan support to help make this arena a tough environment to play in."
Tulane (17-7, 6-5) will be no easy task for the Knights (14-10, 7-4) as they have five players who average double digit points for the season. As a whole, the Green Wave is averaging 71.8 points per game on the season and is 6-2 on the road.
The Knights counter with three players of their own who average double digit points. The Knights are averaging 68 points per game this season, with star player D'Nay Daniels averaging 14.3 points per game. However, the status of junior guard Aisha Patrick remains in question. Patrick, who was injured in the UTEP game Feb. 10, leads the team in steals and assists.
The game can be heard on 1140 AM or through the UCF Athletics website. Following Thursday's contest, the Knights will take on ECU Pirates on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UCF Arena.