If you were at last Friday's football game as the Knights grabbed a comfortable win over Tulsa, or if you've been to a women's or men's basketball game this season, you may not have known it then, but you were watching a performance to be recognized. Three UCF athletes earned American Athletic Conference Player of the Week awards this week for their standout performances, while one Knight passed a new milestone — all on the road to victory for their teams.
Redshirt sophomore Jacoby Glenn earned the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week honor for his five-tackle and four-pass-deflection feat against Tulsa. Glenn earned the award for the second time this season after the Knights' 31-7 landslide over Tulsa. He received his first defensive conference honor after forcing a fumble, intercepting a pass and recording four tackles in UCF's homecoming win over Tulsa.
The cornerback's first award came against Temple in a game where he posted four tackles, one forced fumble and an interception in a 34-14 win. The Pritchard, Alabama native leads the Knights' defense with five interceptions on the season to go along with his 35 total tackles.
Sophomore Zykira Lewis was named the American Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her 41-point performance that helped peak UCF over FAU.
Lewis set a new American Athletic Conference record for points in a game as she posted 41 on opening night. She went 14 for 19 from the field, including eight for 10 from downtown.
She earned a few spots on UCF's all-time list with her remarkable outing. Eight three-pointers were good enough to tie the record for most threes in a game. She sits tied for second in points in a single game with 41. She shot 80 percent from beyond the arc, landing her in a tie for second in three-point percentage. Finally, her 14 field goals put her in a tie for eighth-most in a single game.
Lewis is no stranger to achievements in the AAC. Averaging 12.6 points per game last season as the second-leading scorer for UCF, she earned one Rookie of the Week award and was selected to the American Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team last season.
Freshman B.J. Taylor led the Knights' men's basketball team to victory over Stetson en route to an American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award.
Taylor opened his UCF career on a high note, earning the award after scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds in the Knights' season opener. As the Knights collected their 12th consecutive victory in season-opening games, Taylor's performance allowed him to become the first freshman in 14 years to lead UCF in scoring in the opener.
The point guard also averaged 22.5 points per game through the Knights' two exhibition contests.
Women's basketball head coach Joi Williams earned her 100th win at UCF this week. The Knights dominated over Oakland on Monday night, beating the Golden Grizzlies 98-65, and advancing to 2-0 on the season. Williams has been with UCF since the 2007-08 season. She's helped the program see historic growth, including its most successful season in almost 30 years. In 2011, the Knights went 22-11 and captured a second Conference USA title in a 12-point victory over the then-defending conference champion Tulane.