UCF Opens Conference Play at Memphis

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – As the calendar flipped to 2019, the UCF women’s basketball team turned its sights to American Athletic Conference play. The Knights open league action at Memphis on Saturday.


UCF (11-2) travels to face Memphis (5-8) at 5 p.m. ET in Elma Roane Fieldhouse. The game will stream on CBSSN.


Notes to Know

  • At 11-2, UCF is off to its best start as a Division I program. The Knights have won eight of their last nine outings.
  • The Knights picked up a program-best nine votes in the USA Today/WBCA Top 25 on Dec. 31, extending its program-long streak to eight straight weeks receiving votes.
  • Kay Kay Wright has scored in double figures in all 13 games, has four 20-point and a 30-point performance this season and is UCF’s leading scorer with 19.2 points per game.
  • The Orlando native set a UCF single game record and tied the American Athletic Conference single game mark with 16 made free throws against Pacific on Dec. 17.
  • UCF’s leading rebounder is Nyala Shuler with 7.3 boards per contest. She moved into fifth all-time in career rebounds this season with 715 and counting.
  • Fifi Ndour has tallied nine blocks in the last six games, pushing her career total to 81, which moved her into seventh all-time at UCF.


Conference Campaign

  • UCF is set to begin its sixth season as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
  • The Knights tallied a program-best 12-4 record last season, finishing third in the league standings.
  • UCF was tabbed to finish fourth in the preseason coaches poll.


Scouting the Opponents

  • UCF heads to Memphis for the 29th all-time meeting between the two squads. The Tigers hold the 16-12 edge but the Knights swept both meetings last season.
  • Memphis is 5-8 on the season, having won three of its last five outings.
  • Jamirah Shutes leads the Tigers with 14.1 points per game. Alana Davis is just shy of averaging a double-double with 12.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game.
  • Taylor Barnes has a team-high 47 assists and 17 steals, and Brianna Porter leads the Tigers with 11 blocks.

Next up, UCFcontinues conference play, heading to South Florida. Three points will be on the line in the War on I-4. UCF currently holds a 24-6 lead in the 2018-19 edition of the rivalry series.


TICKETS FOR 2018-19    
The UCF women's basketball team is set for its third season under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Purchase season tickets by clicking here or calling (407) 823-1000.    


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