The Knights managed to grab positive recognition in the women’s basketball arena as guard Kayla Thigpen became the first UCF player of the 2015 season to earn merit from the American Athletic Conference, thus adding onto another consecutive year UCF has had at least one AAC Freshman Player of the Week on their roster.

Thigpen stole the spotlight with an exceptional performance on the road against South Alabama, bringing down 18 points on the house and stealing the ball four times from a defeated Jaguars offense.

Over the course of three games in her last week on the court, Thigpen averaged 10.3 points per game, shooting 52 percent from the field.

Over the course of the six games UCF has under its belt, Thigpen has contributed 7.3 points in 17.5 minutes on average per game, rightfully earning her place on the court and as the honored winner of UCF’s first freshman of the week award of the season.

Thigpen, a two-time Sun Sentinel Player of the Year from Palm Beach Lakes High School, will travel with the Knights (3-3) to take on Stetson on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., which will be televised on ESPN3 for what will likely be a revisiting to their past heated rivalry.

The featured ESPN3 game will be the first of a doubleheader that night which will continue at 8 p.m. at the Edmunds Center as Tacko Fall and the men's basketball team look to get a win against the Hatters.


Evan Abramson is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.