Knights Host Wichita State on Wednesday

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ORLANDO – The UCF women's basketball team returns home to host Wichita State at 6 p.m. in Addition Financial Arena on Wednesday evening.

The game between the Knights (18-3, 10-1 The American) and the Shockers (12-11, 3-7 The American) will stream live on ESPN+.
The game will serve as UCF's breast cancer awareness contest. Pink pom poms will be handed out to the first 250 fans.
Wednesday is also Equality Night in Addition Financial Arena. The Gospel and Cultural Choir will sing the national anthem, followed by Lift Every Voice.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 16
Time: 6 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN+  
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  • The Knights rank second in the nation, limiting opponents to 50.0 points per game. UCF is also fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to a 34.0 field goal percentage.
  • UCF averages 11.1 steals this season, which ranks 18th in the country, and is 42nd with 19.29 turnovers forced. The Black and Gold have forced each opponent this season into double-digit turnovers, with eight committing 20+ turnovers.
  • Diamond Battles paces the Knights with 14.4 points per game, having reached double figures in 15 contests this season. The Winter Haven, Fla., native is one of three league players with six or more 20-point contests this season.
  • Tay Sanders is UCF's second-leading scorer on the season, averaging 10.5 points per game.
  • Masseny Kaba enters Wednesday on a six-game double-digit scoring streak, the longest of her career, and is averaging 9.3 points per game. Brittney Smith matches Kaba at 9.3 points per contest.
  • Alisha Lewis, who tied The American and UCF single game records with 10 steals against Houston, ranks 16th in the country in steals per game, averaging 2.86. Her 60 steals ranks 30th among Division I student-athletes.
  • Destiny Thomas leads UCF and ranks 131st nationally with 7.9 rebounds per game. She is one of six league players with eight or more games with 10+ rebounds this season.
  • The Knights, who have appeared among the teams receiving votes in 13 straight USA Today/WBCA Top 25 polls so far, jumped back into the receiving votes section in the AP Top 25 on Feb. 14.

The Shockers are 12-11 overall, with a 3-7 mark in league play. Wichita State ranks 10th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (15.9) and 14th in rebounds per game (43.57).
Mariah McCully leads the Shockers with 11.9 points per game and Asia Strong adds 10.1 points per contest. Jane Asinde leads the Shockers and ranks third in The American with 9.0 rebounds per game and is just shy of double figures with 9.8 points per game.
Wednesday is just the sixth meeting between the Knights and the Shockers, with the programs having never met before Wichita State joined The American. The Knights are 5-0 in the series.
UCF heads out for its final road trip of the regular season, traveling to Philadelphia to face Temple on Saturday, Feb. 19.
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