Memphis 65, UCF 59 Tigers celebrate play4kay game with second-straight win

The Tigers came from behind in the second-straight game to defeat UCF by a score of 65-59.

Saturday's game was the #Play4Kay game. The Tigers wore pink uniforms and educated fans about the Kay Yow Fund, a fund created by former NC State head coach Kay Yow, where its main goal is to end women's cancers.

Junior guard Brea Elmore led the Tigers over UCF with a 22-point performance, her third 20+-point game this season.

Elmore finished the game making three, three-pointers, extending her streak to 13 straight games with a made three. She also has four games in that span with three, three's made.

Elmore's efforts this week led her to her first American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll nod.

During halftime against the Knights, head coach Melissa McFerrin presented a jersey in honor of Brea's late mother, Dianne, to Brea and the rest of her family. Dianne passed away from breast cancer in December, making this win just a little more special.

Freshman guard Taylor Barnes had another historic day Saturday after going a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line which finishing the game with 17 points.

Barnes became the only freshman in Memphis history to go a perfect 10-for-10 from the line. More free throw's have been made, but no freshman had been perfect in at least 10 attempts.

Barnes also played in a career-high 37 minutes for the Tigers. She now averages 6.4 points per game.

Taylor Williams added 15 points for the Tigers against UCF. She also hit three of the team's seven three-pointers.

Williams also led the team with six rebounds while adding two assists, a block, and a steal in 36 minutes for the Tigers.

With the victory on Saturday, head coach Melissa McFerrin won her 200th career game, 150th game at Memphis, and 100th conference game.

McFerrin is in her ninth season at the helm of the Tiger program. She recently signed a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2018-19 season.


Matthew Smith

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