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Kay Kay Wright’s Last-Second Layup and Steal Push UCF Past Cincinnati

Knights extend the best start in school history, 56-55 over Bearcats

NCAA Womens Basketball: Central Florida at Connecticut
Kay Kay Wright almost single-handedly beat Cincinnati Sunday.
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UCF’s Kay Kay Wright probably won’t get considered much for AAC Player of the Year, with UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson having an All-American season. But maybe she should.

Against a physical Cincinnati team and missing Fifi N’Dour from the lineup, Wright almost single-handedly led the UCF Knights to a 56-55 victory over the Bearcats at CFE Arena.

Wright scored a team-best 25 points on 10/26 from the field, plus six rebounds, three assists and four steals. Her final two points with five second left were the most significant of the day:

The bench’s reaction says it all:

On Cincinnati’s ensuing possession, Wright stole the ball and ran out the clock in a scrum of bodies:

UCF did not lead from midway through the first until about seven minutes to go in the fourth, but nonetheless the Knights moved up to 14-2, 3-0 in The American and 5-0 at home after their fourth straight win and 11th in the last 12.

Next up: Tulsa, Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET at home.