WBB Preview: TU Hits The Road To Face UCF

Thursday, January 1st 2015, 7:15 pm
By: News On 6

Tulsa (6-6, 1-0 The American) will take to the road to face UCF (5-7, 1-0 The American) on Saturday, January 3, 2015, beginning at 1:00 pm Central at CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.

The Series

This will be the 10th meeting between Tulsa and UCF on the women's basketball court, as the Knights have a 5-4 advantage in the series. It is the Golden Hurricane, however, that has earned the last two wins, including a 75-66 win at the BOK Center (Tulsa, Okla.) in the 2013 Conference USA Championship semifinals.

Leading the Way

Senior Mariah Turner and juniors Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey are posting double-digit points this season. Turner has a team-high 13.4 ppg, followed by Clark with 13.3 ppg and Grovey with 10.1 ppg. Clark has a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game and nine blocks, while Kadan Brady has 37 assists and 26 steals.

Scouting the Opponent

The Knights have a 5-7 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the American Athletic Conference as they topped Houston, 64-50, on Dec. 27, which snapped a five-game losing streak. UCF is led by Zykira Lewis who posts 20.0 ppg and Aliyah Gregory who averages 11.2 ppg. Brittni Montgomery has a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game, while Andrea Hines has 58 assists and Lewis has 22 steals.

In TU's Last Contest

Kelsee Grovey scored a career-high 26 points in leading Tulsa to an American Athletic Conference 74-52 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats.

The Hurricane forced Cincinnati into 32 turnovers, while corralling 18 steals and scoring 33 points off of those Bearcat turnovers. In addition to Grovey's career-best scoring output, Mariah Turner added 15 points, Teanna Reid scored a career-high with 14 points and Ashley Clark added 10 points for the Hurricane.

In Tulsa's Top 10

Mariah Turner, Kelsee Grovey, Kadan Brady and Ashley Clark have already earned their way into Tulsa's Top 10 career lists.

Turner is first with a .574 field goal percentage; Grovey is sixth in three-point field goals made (129), three-point field goal percentage (.366) and free throw percentage (.818); Brady is eighth in three-point field goals made (119); and Clark is ninth in double-doubles with seven.

Among the Nation's Best

The Golden Hurricane ranks 49th nationally in steals per game (10.8), 52nd in field goal percentage (43.6), 55th in assists per game (15.5) and 59th in three-point field goal percentage (35.2). Individually, Kadan Brady is 29th nationally with a 2.47 assist turnover ratio, and Mariah Turner is 44th with a 53.6 field-goal percentage.

Adding Up

Tulsa juniors Ashley Clark and Kelsee Grovey are looking to join the 1,000 point club this season. Only eight players have scored 1,000 points or more in their careers at Tulsa. Grovey currently has 807 points, while Clark has 765.