Wright Named to Naismith Watch LIst


ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – As she was warming up for the season opener against Pitt, Kay Kay Wright was named to a second preseason watch list – for the Women's Citizen Naismith Trophy. The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the 50 players on the watch list on Wednesday morning.
The Orlando native became the first Knight named to the watch list after becoming the first UCF player placed on the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award on Oct. 21.
On Oct. 14, Wright was named the American Athletic Conference Co-Preseason Player of the Year and earned first team all-conference honors at The American Media Day.
Last season, Wright improved her all-around game, stepping up her scoring while maintaining her high level of defensive intensity and distribution of the ball during the 2018-19 campaign. In 33 games, she reached double figures 29 times, with 16 of those being 20-plus-point performances. She nearly doubled her scoring average – again – finishing with 18.0 points per game, pouring in 595 points, which ranked second on the single season chart at UCF. She also averaged 4.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.
The point guard enters her final season at UCF ranked fourth all-time in assists (383), sixth in steals (207) and is just 46 points shy of joining the career top 10 in points (1,108).
The midseason 30 team will be announced in early February, and then the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists on March 3, 2020. Following those results, four finalists will be named on March 20, 2020, and the winner of the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy for Women's Player of the Year will be announced on April 4, 2020.

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