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Junior guard Kay Kay Wright (2) dribbles past forward Napheesa Collier (24) of UConn on Feb. 17. Wright led the Knights with 17 points in the 78-41 loss at CFE Arena.

The UCF women’s basketball team suffered a tough loss to the No. 4 ranked UConn Huskies by a final score of 78-41 on Sunday afternoon.

The Knights got off to a slow start in the early going as they only scored four points total in the first quarter, while UConn put up 23.

However, the Knights started to find a rhythm in the second quarter as they went on a 13-7 run and held UConn scoreless for over a four-minute stretch.

The Knights were able to cut the lead to 13 until 43 seconds left in the quarter.

UCF head coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson said that no matter what team they play, they try to wear them out.

“They’re [UConn] — obviously one of the best teams in the country,” she said. “They play a low number of people and we play a high volume of people, so we wanted to keep going at them and going at them and try to wear them out the best you can.”

Abrahamson-Henderson also gives credit to junior guard Kay Kay Wright for her performance in the game and for leading the team despite the loss.

“A lot of this starts with Kay Kay [Wright] and her huddling them up saying, ‘Stay in there and fight and keep working,'” Abrahamson-Henderson said.

Wright led the team with 17 points and had three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

After the game, Wright described her performance against UConn as fearless.

“I just had to go out and be fearless,” Wright said. “Fight for 40 minutes, try to stay out of foul trouble because I got into some foul trouble the first time we played UConn ... and be a good leader and hit some open shots and just play defense the best that I can.”

The Knights have now lost two games in a row, which puts them at 20-5 (9-3 American Athletic Conference) on the season.

Their next game will be on the road as they travel to Kansas to take on the Wichita State Shockers on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m. eastern.

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