UCF women lose 77-49 to No. 1 Connecticut

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm •  Published: January 1, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Briahanna Jackson was so good even Geno Auriemma was impressed.

Jackson scored eight of Central Florida's 10 points and finished with 28 in the Knights' 77-49 loss to No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday.

"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.

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