First Five

Many Memories

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson announced her first UCF Women's Basketball signing class. The Knights have signed five recruits to National Letters of Intent.

UCF will add a pair of 6-foot forwards and a trio of guards to its roster for the 2017-18 campaign.

"They are all very, very talented," Coach Abe said. "They're great people. When they signed, they didn't know how good our season was going to be, so that's a compliment to their character. Now they're coming in to a winning program. I think it's pretty exciting for the four of them."

2017 UCF Women's Basketball Signing Class
NamePos.Cl.Hometown / High School (Previous School)
Masseny KabaFFr.New York City, New York/Cathedral HS
Sydnee McDonaldGJr.Flint, Mich./Flint Carman-Ainsworth HS (Chipola College)
Delphine St-Cyr RobitailleGFr.Montreal, Quebec/Cegep Edouard Montpetit
Ruona UwusiabaFFr.Aziaro, Otor-Owhe, Nigeria/Southwest Dekalb HS
Lawriell WilsonGJr.Kenner, La./Warren Easton Charter HS (Tallahassee CC)

The Knights are coming off one of the best seasons in program history. In her first year at the helm, Coach Abe guided the squad to a 21-12 overall mark that included the program's first-ever win over a ranked opponent. The Knights knocked off then-No. 22 USF for their first victory in Tampa. UCF returns nearly every member of the 2016-17 squad, including All-Conference First Team selection Aliyah Gregory.

Masseny Kaba
F6-3Fr.New York City, New York  (Cathedral HS)

Prior to UCF:

  • 2017 All-Star and MVP of the Catholic Central League
  • 2017 Boston Globe Player of the of the Year
  • Became a member of the 1,000-point club as a senior
  • Two-time state champion at Cathedral High School
  • Named Co-MVP of the CCL as a junior
  • Scored 41 points in a single game as a sophomore
  • Four-year All-Scholastic Boston Herald
  • Under Armour national champion with the Boston Showstoppers under Clinton Lassiter
  • Intends to major in biomedical sciences at UCF
"We were recruiting Masseny before we came to UCF and had a great relationship with her. She's athletic and a really skilled post player. She represents everything that I want here. Academics are important to her; she wants to be a doctor. She's really family oriented, and in basketball, she's got all of the tools to be really, really good."
-Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson


Sydnee McDonald
G5-11Jr.Flint, Mich. (Flint Carman-Ainsworth HS/Chipola College)

Prior to UCF:

  • Named First Team All-Panhandle Conference in 2016-17
  • Averaged 14.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and shot 41.3 percent from the floor as a sophomore
  • Saw action in 27 game, earning eight starts and averaged 5.7 ppg as a freshman in 2015-16


Delphine St-Cyr Robitaille
G5-10Fr.Montreal, Quebec (Cegep Edouard Montpetit)

Prior to UCF:

  • Two-time Cegep Edouard Montpetit MVP, earning the honor as a freshman and a senior
  • Averaged 12 points per game and 3.5 assists per contest during her season campaign
  • Led the league in assists as a freshman
  • Earned First Team Rookie honors
  • Averaged 13 points per game during her freshman season
  • Garnered Second Team All-State laurels as a freshman
  • Named both the league and team Rookie of the Year
  • Competed for the Team Quebec U15 and Team All-Cegep championship squads
  • Intends to major in athletic training at UCF
"We were recruiting Delphine before, and when I got to UCF, I immediately offered both her and (Masseny). Delphine was the first one to commit and sign. She's Steph Curry. She can shoot the three, take you off the dribble, is a great passer. She loves the game. She is a combo guard that can do a lot for us. Delphine was a great sign for us. With the loss of (Zykira Lewis), I think she's really going to extend our three-point game. She can really shoot." 
-Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson


Ruona Uwusiaba
F6-3Fr.Aziaro Otor-Owhe, Nigeria (Southwest Dekalb HS)

Prior to UCF:

  • Named the Region 5A MVP as a senior at Southwest Dekalb
  • Earned 5A Honorable Mention honors in 2017
  • Was the top rebounder on the varsity squad as a junior
  • Grabbed the most rebounds on the junior varsity squad as a sophomore
  • Competed for the Georgia Metros under coach Matthew Huddleston
  • Has been a member of the Honor Roll since moving to Georgia in 10th grade
  • Full name is Ogheneruona Uwusiaba
  • Intends to major in civil engineering at UCF
"I really wanted someone who's a true power post. Ruona is tall, strong, super athletic. She's got big hands. She rebounds like a machine; she reminds me a lot of (Tolulope Omokore). Once she gets in the college setting, she's going to be strong and physical like Tolu. She fits the mold. She's family oriented. Academically, she's a really smart kid and wants to be an engineer."
-Head Coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson


Lawriell Wilson
G5-8Jr.Kenner, La. (Warren Easton Charter HS/Tallahassee CC)

Prior to UCF:

  • Became the first TCC women's basketball player selected as a First Team NJCAA All-American
  • Earned WBCA First Team All-American honors
  • Named Panhandle Conference and FCSAA State Player of the Year accolades in 2016-17
  • Garnered First Team NJCAA Region 8 All-State recognition in 2015-16
  • Named 2015-16 Panhandle Conference Freshman of the Year, First Team All-PC and All-Freshmen Team by the league media; First Team All-PC by the coaches
  • Set TCC records for career (1,127), single season (678) and game (39) points
  • Was the third-leading scorer in the NJCAA with 21.9 ppg and averaged 6.8 rpg and 5.2 apg
  • Saw action in 25 games as a freshman, scoring in double figures in each outing