UCF Opens League Play Against ECU

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ORLANDO ( – The UCF women's basketball team opens American Athletic Conference on Sunday, hosting ECU in Addition Financial Arena.
The Knights (8-4) welcome the Pirates (3-10) for a noon contest that will air on CBS Sports Network.

Date: Sunday, Jan. 5
Time: Noon ET
TV: CBS Sports Network
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UCF enters league play on a four-game win streak. The Knights are led offensively Kay Kay Wright. The Orlando native has scored 90 points over the course of the last four games, bumping her scoring average to 15.5 points per game.
Four additional Knights are just outside averaging double figures. Sianni Martin is second on the squad at 9.2 points per game. Four consecutive double-digit performances from Brittney Smith pushed her scoring average to 8.0 points per game. Smith is second in rebounding with 5.2 boards per game.

Georgia Gayle averages 8.2 points per game for the Black and Gold. Masseny Kaba used a 12-rebound performance against Central Michigan to push her team-leading number to 6.2 boards per game. Kaba also averages 8.2 points per game.
The Knights defense has stepped up this season. UCF ranks 26th in the country in turnovers forced (21.00), 31st in turnover margin (5.17) and 45th in scoring defense (56.8).
UCF also leads The American and ranks 33rd nationally with a 75.5 free throw percentage.

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ECU enters conference play with a 3-10 overall record. The Pirates are led offensively by Lashonda Monk, who averages 14.0 points per game. Taniyah Thompson averages 12.4 points per game. Raven Johnson averages 11.0 points per game and leads ECU with 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Pirates lead the league and rank third nationally in turnovers forced (25.08) and steals per game (13.6). ECU also leads the conference and ranks fourth in the country in turnover margin (9.23) and steals (177). Individually, Lashonda Monk ranks eighth in steals (47) and ninth in steals per game (3.62).
The Pirates hold a 14-8 lead in the all-time series, but the Knights have won the last four meetings. UCF claimed a 61-58 overtime win in Greenville in the lone meeting last season.
The Knights continue league action on Jan. 12, heading to Cincinnati. The Knights and Bearcats will tip at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
The UCF women's basketball team is in its fourth season under head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. Purchase season tickets by clicking here or calling (407) 823-1000.    

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