The UCF Knights women’s basketball team wrapped up their 2019-2020 regular season in dominating fashion, wiping out the Wichita State Shockers 95-50, and clinching the #2 seed in The American Women’s Basketball Championship in Uncasville, Connecticut next weekend.
It’s the second straight year the Knights have landed the two-seed, which guarantees they would not have to face UConn, the league’s regular season champion, until the conference title game.
It was a banner night for senior Kay Kay Wright. In likely her final performance on the floor she called home for the last four seasons, she dropped a career-high 37 points on 13/21 from the field, including 5/8 from three-point range, plus six assists. The 37 points ties her with Tari Phillips (1991) and Susan Patz (1983) for the third-highest single-game point total by a Knight in program history (Phillips holds the record with 45 in 1991).
She also moved past Susan Patz (1982-86) into third place all-time on UCF’s scoring list, behind her former teammate Zy Lewis and all-time UCF scoring and rebounding champ Tamika Coley.
Orlando's own Kay Kay Wright BALLED OUT on Senior Knight— UCF Knights (@UCFKnights) March 3, 2020
⚔️ Career-high 37 points
⚔️ Became the @UCF_WBB third all-time leading scorer with 1,588 points #OrlandosHometownTeam | #ChargeOn pic.twitter.com/3MY0o6KtOA
Fellow senior Sianni Martin also hit a milestone of her own, scoring her 1000th career point as a college player (she played at Towson her first two years).
UCF finishes the regular season at 19-9, 11-5 in The American, and a phenomenal 14-1 at home - their only loss coming to UConn by just 7 points.
On to Connecticut
The Knights now turn their attention to the American Women’s Basketball Championship at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, where they have a first-round bye:
The Knights await the winner of Houston and Wichita State, who play Friday at 6 p.m. The winner faces UCF Saturday at 6 p.m.
UCF beat the Cougars in Houston by 18 points in their lone match-up of the season. Of course, Monday was also UCF’s lone meeting with Wichita State this year.
Should the Knights get to the semis, they’d likely face Cincinnati, whom they split with this year, including a brutal 49-42 rock fight in Orlando earlier this season. Cincy beat UCf by 17 in Ohio in January.
Cincinnati has to get past the winner of Memphis and SMU first, however. The first round of the tournament begins Friday.