DALLAS, Texas (UCFKnights.com) – The UCF women’s basketball team continues to make history, this time with a 66-54 win over SMU in Moody Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.
UCF improved to 20-3 on the season, giving the Knights three consecutive 20-win campaigns for the first time in the program’s Division I history. UCF also improved to 9-1 in American Athletic Conference action.
The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but SMU (8-15, 2-8 The American) outscored UCF 7-4 over the final four minutes to take an 18-15 lead into the second quarter. The Mustangs continued to push in the second frame, going up by a dozen, 27-15, at the 7:59 mark, but UCF responded with a 13-0 run to take a 28-27 lead into the locker room.
UCF never relinquished its lead, outscoring SMU 22-16 in the third quarter and 16-11 in the fourth quarter to earn its ninth conference win of the 2018-19 campaign.
Kay Kay Wright registered her 10th 20-point performance of the season, leading all scorers with 20 points. She just missed a double-double, dishing out nine assists and collecting five rebounds. Kayla Thigpen, Sydnee McDonald and Masseny Kaba each added nine points for the Knights.
Nyala Shuler pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, grabbing six on the offensive end, and finished one shy of her career-high with four blocks.
Strength In Numbers
Ten Knights saw action in the win.
UCF registered a season-best 21 assists on 25 field goals.
The Knights held a 41-29 rebounding edge and scored 18 second chance points.
The Black and Gold forced the Mustangs into 21 turnovers, converting them into 19 points.
Continuing To Make History
UCF earned its 20th victory of the season for the 10th time in program history.
In each of the Knights’ last three seasons, the team has registered at least 20 wins, marking the first time in the program’s Division I history with three straight 20-win campaigns.
Katie Abrahamson-Henderson is the first UCF head coach since Joe Sanchez (1981-85) to lead her squad to at least three 20-win seasons.
UCF competed as a member of AIAW and NCAA Division II in Sanchez’ first three campaigns.
UCF continues its road swing on Wednesday, heading to New Orleans to face Tulane at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3.