UCF head women's basketball coach Gail Striegler resigns
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ORLANDO — UCF Director of Athletics Keith Tribble announced Monday that Gail Striegler has resigned her post as head women's basketball coach for the Golden Knights.

"I would like to thank everyone in the Athletic Department and University for the opportunity that was given to me over the last eight years while leading the women's basketball program," commented Striegler. "I feel saddened that we were unable to make the transition from the Atlantic Sun Conference into Conference USA as quickly as we would have liked. There are so many wonderful people here at UCF and a number of great supporters of the University who have made it a pleasure to be a part of it for so many years."

Striegler was hired as UCF's 10th head women's basketball coach on June 21, 1999 and put together a 106-128 record during her eight years in Orlando. In 2006-07, the Golden Knights finished 8-22 and 3-13 in Conference USA play to place 11th in the 12-team league for the second straight season.

In the classroom, Striegler's teams succeeded as highlighted by its selection to the WBCA Academic Top 25 Honor Roll in 2005-06 in addition to placing the majority of her roster on UCF's Scholar-Athlete lists throughout her tenure.

"We are grateful for the hard work and dedication Coach [Gail] Striegler and her coaching staffs have put into our women's basketball program the last eight years," said Tribble. "We are now at a point in the program's development where new direction is warranted."

UCF basketball is entering a new era with the opening of the state-of-the-art 10,000-seat UCF Convocation Center this August. This grand facility is only complimented by the recently completed sports medicine training room and 11,200-square-foot strength and conditioning center in the new Wayne Densch Sports Complex.

"Our expectation for the UCF women's basketball program is to become competitive in the upper echelon of Conference USA," added Tribble.

A search for the new UCF women's basketball head coach will begin immediately.

UCF MEN LOOKING TO CONTINUE SUCCESSFUL SEASON AT C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP

Looking to continue its successful 2006-07 season, the UCF men's basketball team heads to Memphis, Tenn. to compete at the Conference USA Championship. The second-seeded Golden Knights will face No. 7 Rice or No. 10 UTEP on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Tip-off for UCF's (22-8, 11-5 C-USA) contest is set for 1 p.m. Eastern at the FedEx Forum. The game will be televised live nationally on CSTV. Greg Amsinger will have the call and Sean Farnham will provide color commentary.

As a result of finishing second in the C-USA regular-season standings, UCF earned a first-round bye at the event, joining No. 1 Memphis, No. 3 Houston and No. 4 Tulane.

The semifinals are scheduled for Friday afternoon and the title game is slated for Saturday morning. The tournament champion receives C-USA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UCF learned on Monday that Memphis native Josh Peppers earned a spot on the All-C-USA Second Team. The senior forward averaged 15.3 points in league play this year. The conference will announce its player and coach of the year honorees on Wednesday.

The Golden Knights will head to Memphis on Tuesday afternoon.

All of UCF's games at C-USA Championship will be broadcast live on the UCF ISP Sports UCF ISP Sports Network and its flagship station, 740 THE TEAM AM in Orlando. Marc Daniels will provide the call from courtside. Live audio and statistics will be available at www.ucfathletics.com.

UCF-Rice Series History: The Golden Knights have won all three matchups with Rice since both programs joined Conference USA and have a 3-1 edge in the all-time series. This season, UCF topped the Owls 72-67 on Jan. 20 in Orlando, then claimed a 74-63 victory on the road on Feb. 17. Josh Peppers averaged 16 points this year versus Rice. UCF's Dave Noel guarded Morris Almond in both contests against the Owls and helped contain one of the nation's top scorers. In the two games, Noel limited Almond to just 6-of-28 shooting overall. Almond averaged 16.5 points versus the Golden Knights.

UCF-UTEP Series History: UCF defeated the host Miners, 67-64, on Jan. 27 in the squad's only meeting this season. Jermaine Taylor paced the Golden Knights with 15 points and Josh Peppers and Mike O'Donnell both totaled 13 points. Kevin Henderson led the hosts with 19 points and 16 boards. O'Donnell's triple with 2:19 to play proved to be the difference. UTEP had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Henderson's trey rimmed out with four seconds on the clock. Since both teams joined Conference USA prior to last year, the Golden Knights are 2-0 against UTEP. UCF has a 2-1 edge in the all-time series.

UCF Last Time Out: Playing at home for the final time, Josh Peppers scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lift UCF to a 77-64 victory over East Carolina in Orlando on Saturday. Fellow senior Lavell Payne totaled 17 points in the win. Peppers scored 21 points in the opening half and the Golden Knights led 41-29 at intermission.