In another instance of their 4th-quarter prowess, the UCF Knights women’s basketball team advanced to the American Athletic Conference Tournament Championship for the first time in school history with a 66-58 victory over the 3-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats in the semifinals.
The Knights will face the #2-ranked and top-seeded UConn Huskies in the tournament final Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The nights got 21 points from Kay Kay Wright and another 13 on 6/8 shooting from Masseny Kaba to get the win, as they out-shot Cincy 50% to 39%.
Three Things You Need to Know
This is the winningest UCF Women’s Basketball Team of all time. UCF is now 26-5, besting the 1982-83 team’s 25-5 mark. It’s also the first time UCF has reached the AAC Championship Game and the first time the Knights will play for a conference title since 2013 in Conference USA.
The Knights are a lock for the NCAA Tournament. You pretty much could tell from their reaction after the game. But with an RPI of 15 and 26 wins, regardless of what happens against UConn, the Knights can punch their ticket. ESPN’s Charlie Creme has them as a 10-seed.
The Knights get one more crack at Goliath. It’s UCF vs. UConn for the AAC title on Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. UCF has never beaten UConn, and the Knights lost both meetings this season (by 36 in Hartford and then by 37 in Orlando). Also UConn has never lost a game against an AAC opponent in the regular season or the tournament since the league opened for business in 2013.
But hey, that’s why they play the games, right?