UCF Basketball’s Season to Remember

The men’s and women’s basketball teams kept the momentum rolling from UCF’s stellar football season with exceptional performances of their own this year.

By Jenna Marina Lee
A group of basketball players sit on the sidelines before the start of a game.
Under the leadership of head coaches Johnny Dawkins and Katie Abrahamson-Henderson, the programs produced two of the winningest seasons in UCF history, and the nation noticed.
A group of female basketball players cheer.
The men’s team broke through the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2011, and the women’s program consistently received votes in the national polls throughout the season.
A basketball player dunks the ball.
Junior guard Kay Kay Wright, senior center Tacko Fall and senior guard BJ Taylor ’18 each surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone.
A female basketball player makes her way down the court with the ball.
Both men’s and women’s head coaches Johnny Dawkins and Katie Abrahamson-Henderson have achieved 50+ wins at UCF— the fastest achieved by head coaches since 1984.
A UCF basketball player holds up a War-On-I-4 trophy with Knightro behind him.
UCF outscored USF by 41 points in the Knights’ four combined wins this season for a clean sweep of the War On I-4 Rivalry Series.
Three female basketball players hold up their pointer fingers.
24 regular season victories for women’s basketball — a new school record.
A UCF basketball player jumps to make a shot while a player from the opposing team tries to stop him.
Both programs earned at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament this year for the first time, combining for a total of 14 postseason appearances (NCAA or NIT/WNIT tournaments) in UCF’s Division I history.
Two UCF basketball players celebrate.
Houston was ranked No. 6 nationally when the men’s basketball team upset the Cougars on the road March 2, marking the Knights’ second-highest ranked win in school history.
A UCF basketball player tries to stop a player from the opposing team from making a basket.
“It’s been an honor to represent UCF these last five years. Being from Orlando, I’m proud to be able to lead the city’s hometown team and give it our all for the community.”
BJ Taylor ’18, senior guard