The UCF Knights Women’s Basketball team closed out its phenomenal regular season with a 59-50 victory at Houston on Monday night, clinching a 24-5 regular season record (13-3 in The American) and the 2-seed in the 2019 American Athletic Conference Tournament:
UCF concludes the best regular season in program history since moving to Division I in 1984-85. The last time the Knights’ program won this many games in a season was 1982-83, the program’s first year in the NCAA (Division II), when they went 25-5 under Joe Sanchez.
Coincidentally, that was the last time UCF finished with three straight 20-win campaigns.
Off to Connecticut
UCF now prepares for the 2019 American Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, slated for Friday, March 8 through Monday, March 11 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, outside of New London.
UCF is the 2-seed and has a first-round bye. The Knights will face the winner of 7-seed Tulsa (12-17, 6-10 AAC) and 10-seed Wichita State (12-17, 5-11 AAC) on Saturday, March 9th at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.
Here’s the bracket:
It's here! The 2019 @American_WBB Championship bracket is set - all the action begins on Friday at #MoheganSunArena!— The American (@American_Conf) March 5, 2019
Bracket Announcement and Team-by-Team Info: https://t.co/DmYPAHGHrK pic.twitter.com/2w2FTbMTPN
Tulsa and Wichita play Friday at 6 p.m., also on ESPN3.
UCF beat Tulsa at home 60-44 on January 16th. They also beat Wichita State 57-49 in Kansas on February 20th.
The Knights would then face the winner of 3-seeded Cincinnati and either 6-seed Temple or 11-seed Memphis. UConn is the 1-seed, and finished the regular season at 28-2 and 16-0 in The American. The Huskies have never lost a conference game since The American’s inception in 2013 (116-0, including the tournament).
UCF hasn’t won a conference tournament title since the 2011 C-USA Tournament. they are a Top-20 team in the RPI (16th), and should be in the NCAA Tournament as an at-large regardless of how the conference tournament shakes out. ESPN’s Charlie Creme has the Knights as a 10-seed.