Athletic Director Allen Greene
Former UB AD Danny White
Women’s basketball is still undefeated as we enter December for the second year in a row. UB now faces another challenge tonight when they take on the UCF Knights in Alumni. Buffalo will have to continue their consistently efficient play if they hope to get another top-100 win under their belt.
UCF is lead by Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, another head coach with Felisha Legette-Jack ties. Abrahamson-Henderson has spent her last six seasons as the head coach of the Albany Great Danes, where she reached 5 straight tourney appearances. In her final tourney appearance, she lead Albany to an upset over #5 Florida. Among her numerous coaching stops in the past, she was associate head coach for Coach Jack’s Indiana squad.
There weren’t many expectations for UCF this season. This is Abrahamson-Henderson’s first season for the Knights after being hired by former UB AD Danny White. Despite being voted near the bottom of the American Athletic Conference preseason polls, the Knights are off to a fiery 6-1 start.
The Knights are a balanced team where many can produce great results, but Bulls fans should be on the lookout for Zykira Lewis and Fifi Ndour. Lewis currently averages 14.7 points per game — leading UCF — but is turning the ball over at an alarming rate. Ndour is the biggest threat in the front court, averaging 10.9 points per game.
What to watch for
1. JOANNA SMITH WATCH
UB’s game versus Sacred Heart saw JoAnna Smith eclipse 900 career points. Sitting at the 902 mark, we’ll be watching Smith make her way to 1,000 points in the coming games. JoAnna is also sitting 6th in career three-pointers made and with just two more tonight, she’ll be able to surpass Catherine Jacob for the 5th spot.
2. Depth vs. Depth
UCF is the deepest team that UB will have played so far. Like this Bulls squad, the Knights are going to have a lot of options to get the ball into the bucket.
3. The first quarter surge
UB is outscoring opponents by a blistering 105-62 in the first quarter so far. Starting the game with exceptional offense right out of the gate has been huge in UB remaining undefeated this season.
4. Brittany Morrison
Although UB’s starting 5 have been lighting it up in the first quarter, I think the Bulls are going to need someone to step up in this game off of the bench. Morrison is someone who hasn’t had the greatest start to this season and tonight’s a great game to turn it around. She’s currently one of the best players on the squad in terms of decision making and I wouldn’t mind seeing more minutes from her.