Knights Rally For Win Over SMU

ORLANDO, Fla. ( – For the second time in the last three games, the UCF women’s basketball team completed the comeback to earn a 55-43 victory over SMU on Saturday afternoon in CFE Arena.


UCF (16-2, 5-0 The American) outscored SMU (7-11, 1-5 The American) 27-4 over the final 11:56 of the game, pouring in 24 points in the fourth quarter.


The Knights fell behind early but held a 14-12 advantage after the first quarter of action. After Kay Kay Wright put UCF ahead 18-14 with 4:46 left in the second quarter, SMU went on a 13-0 run to take a 27-18 lead into the locker rooms.


UCF pulled within three on a pair of occasions midway through the third quarter, but the Mustangs responded with an 8-0 scoring spurt to reclaim a double-digit lead, 39-28, with 1:56 remaining in the frame.


Trailing 39-31 entering the final 10 minutes, the Black and Gold went to work. Sydnee McDonald gave UCF its first lead since midway through the second quarter, draining a three-pointer to put the Knights up 40-39.


A basket from Nyala Shuler and another three-pointer from McDonald gave UCF a 45-39 advantage. Masseny Kaba pushed the Black and Gold lead to double digits, 52-41, with 1:21 remaining and Wright drained a three-pointer with time winding down to clinch a 55-43 win.


Extending her double-digit scoring streak to all 18 games this season, Kay Kay Wright posted a game-high 21 points while dishing out five assists and collecting five rebounds. Sydnee McDonald hit five three-pointers on her way to 19 points. Nyala Shuler pulled down 10 rebounds and Lawriell Wilson dished out four assists.


Congratulations, Coach “ABE”

  • Saturday’s victory gave UCF head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson the 300th victory in her coaching career.
  • Coach “ABE” became the fastest UCF women’s basketball head coach to reach 50 wins in the Division I era on Dec. 9 when the Knights defeated Delaware 71-60.
  • Coach “ABE” now has 59 victories at the helm for the Knights.


Still Streaking

  • UCF is off to its best start in the Division I era at 16-2.
  • At 5-0, the Knights are not only off to their best start in The American, but the best start since the 1982-83 season when they went 9-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.
  • The Knights are also on a six-game win streak, one shy of their season-best seven-game win streak.


Climbing the Charts

  • A pair of Orlando natives continue their climb up the UCF career charts.
  • Kay Kay Wright’s five steals moved her into eighth all-time with 178, passing Brinda Green.
  • Wright moved into fifth in career assists in the win over Tulsa, but her five dimes on Saturday put her career total at 334.
  • Nyala Shuler posted her sixth double-digit rebounding game of the season, pushing her career total to 755 boards.
  • Shuler, who joined the career top 10 in blocks in the Jan. 13 win over Cincinnati, tallied her 74th career block in Saturday’s win, moving her into a tie with Takira Allen (2001-05) for ninth all-time.


UCF heads to ECU for a midweek matchup. The 7 p.m. contest will air on the American Digital Network.


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