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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dolson has a monster game against USF

It didn't take long to figure out what the focus of UConn's offensive game plan was in Saturday's win over South Florida.

Sophomore center Stefanie Dolson had averaged 7.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.1 field-goal attempts in her last eight games, erupted for a season-high 22 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and her 15 shots were also the most for her this season.

"Coach challenged to the bigs to be what we are - which is a big - I was really focusing on rebounding, being strong out there, finishing inside which I didn't do a great job of," Dolson said. "I was definitely focused on rebounding and getting us more possessions.

"We as a group, we had a horrible half at Syracuse. We did a better job of coming out and being more aggressive, more awake and aware of things. Today I wanted it to translate to an entire game and have one half be one way and one be the other way."

Dolson was expected to be a focal point of UConn's offense this season but she has had a few more peaks ad valleys than she would like.

"The inconsistency comes probably from my mindset," Dolson said. "I think sometimes before a game, before practice I don't have the correct mindset, mentality. The other day against Syracuse I (mistook) energy for being too goofy so I don't think I came into the game being focused where as today I was extremely focused but with high (level of) energy. CD (UConn associate head coach Chris Dailey) has talked  about killer mentality, if you want to punch the practice players and then it will happen in the games."

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