UCF women lose 77-49 to No. 1 Connecticut
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)
Briahanna Jackson was so good even Geno Auriemma was impressed.
''For a second, I was feeling really good,'' Jackson said. ''I was excited about playing a high-level team and we got a feel what it's going to be like facing them on a regular basis.''
Jackson's fast start helped Central Florida to a 7-3 lead that was the largest deficit of the season for the Huskies. She was 11 for 22 from the field, including a 6-for-10 performance from 3-point range, in the highest scoring game for a player against Connecticut this season.
''(Jackson) has great range and made a couple of shots that weren't easy,'' Auriemma said.
Stefanie Dolson had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut (14-0, 1-0 AAC), which led 46-22 at halftime and by no fewer than 18 the rest of the way.
The Knights (8-5, 1-1) shot 30.8 percent from the field and were outrebounded 51-40.
''We got in a hurry,'' Central Florida coach Joi Williams said. ''UConn does that to you.''
Dolson made her first six shots and was 11 for 14 for the game. The 6-foot-5 senior had scored 15 points in her previous two outings, including a disappointing seven-point night in a 67-34 victory against Cincinnati on Sunday.
''The easy answer is we threw her the ball,'' Auriemma said of Dolson's third 20-point game of the year. ''We made a concerted effort after last Sunday to make sure we had post players touch the ball more than we did before.''
Auriemma also praised Dolson's ability in transition.
''Some of our players jog - Stefanie runs the floor hard,'' Auriemma said. ''She ends up with layups in transition. The guards do a great job of finding her in half court. Put those together, and you have a night like tonight.''
Breanna Stewart added 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals for Connecticut.
After shooting just 41 percent against Cincinnati, the Huskies missed their first three shots, but then made 11 straight to take control.
''We did a better job running the offense and not standing around,'' Dolson said. ''The guards did a great job of finding me and I just finished for them.''
Zykira Lewis added 10 points for Central Florida. Erika Jones, who missed the Knights' nonconference schedule with an ankle injury, grabbed 12 rebounds.