ORLANDO, Fla. — 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.
“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.”
No. 7 Louisville 77, Temple 68: PHILADELPHIA — Tonya Cardoza knows her young Temple team will need to put together a full 40 minutes to finally knock off a Top 25 team.
Her Owls put together good stretches against Louisville, but one lull spanning the half was too much to overcome against the seventh-ranked team in the country.
Natasha Thames matched her career high with 24 points in the Owls’ 77-68 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.
“I felt like we played 15 good minutes but towards the end of the first half let them get a couple easy buckets,” Cardoza said. “We came out in the second half and they went on 9-0 run and we committed some not so smart fouls. They were shooting 1 and 1 with 15 minutes to go. It’s hard to beat a team like Louisville like that.”
The Owls are winless in three games against ranked teams this season. The school hasn’t defeated a Top 25 opponent since 2009.
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