After leading UCF to its best season since joining the American Athletic Conference, head women’s basketball coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson recently signed a one-year extension that will keep her in Orlando through the 2022 season.
“I appreciate Dr. Daniel J. White, Brandi Stuart and President Hitt for their confidence in my staff and I,” Coach ABE said. “We are excited for the opportunity to continue building on the success from last season and look forward to even more in the future.”
In her first year at the helm, the Knights went 21-12 and tallied a 14-victory swing that tied for the second-best turnaround among women’s Division I basketball teams.
UCF started the season with a 10-2 record, its best opening since the 1982-83 campaign. Abrahamson-Henderson’s squad posted its best mark in The American at 9-7. During conference action, the Knights earned the program’s first-ever road victories over East Carolina and USF.
On Feb. 14, Abrahamson-Henderson led her team to a 66-62 win over then-No. 22 USF. Not only did her squad collect all six points in the War on I4 rivalry series, it also picked up the program’s first-ever win over a ranked opponent in the Division I era.
Earning its highest seed and first-round bye in The American Championship, No. 4 UCF topped Tulane in the quarterfinals to pick up its first victory in the league tournament.
UCF reached the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2010-11 season and made its first-ever WNIT appearance. A 73-53 victory over Stetson on March 16 marked the program’s first postseason victory in either the NCAA or WNIT tournaments.
Under her guidance, a pair of Knights – Aliyah Gregory and Zykira Lewis – earned all-conference accolades. Having two Knights recognized on The American postseason teams was not the only program first; Gregory became the first Knight to earn First Team honors in The American.American Athletic Conference Katie Abrahamson-Henderson UCF