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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Dolson leads UConn past Central Florida

Stefanie Dolson was not happy with the lack of offensive impact in her most recent game and neither was UConn head coach Geno Auriemma. So it should hardly be a shock to see Dolson make a run at the best scoring game she had as a Husky.

Dolson finished with 25 points, one shy of her career high and added 12 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the season for UConn

“I wanted to make sure I came out strong,” said Dolson, who was 11 of 14 from the floor. “The last game I didn’t do a great job of that making sure I did a good job of getting open and making sure they had easy passes.

"The guards did a great job of finding me and Stewie when we were open on the block and completing good pasising. I think the last game we took a lot of jump shots and didn't pass and cut, didn't get the ball inside so definitely I wanted to come out and show why I am post, why I am a center and that is to put the ball in the basket."

Breanna Stewart chipped in with 11 points eight rebounds, six assists, three assists and two blocked shots.
Stewart joins Maya Moore, Svetlana Abrosimova, Renee Najarian, Rebecca Lobo and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis as the only UConn players with 750 points in their first 50 games.

It was a significantly different story from the Cincinnati game when Dolson attempted just five shots and Stewart was 4 of 15 from the field.

“Running our stuff wasn’t the issue. getting shots has not been an issue at all” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “(in the) last two games I think Bria (Hartley) and Stewie combined have been like 14 for 50 so getting shots isn’t a problem but right now we are not making very many. I think we missed more layups today makeable, easy layups than we have in a year it seems like. The first half we got shots all different kinds of ways, we got them in half court, we got them in transition, we pretty much got anything we wanted. We played OK, we didn’t play great then in the second half things kind of slowed down a bit.”

Briahanna Jackson had 28 points, the most by a UConn opponent this season, for Central Florida . She joins Stanford’s Amber Orrange, Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas as the only players to score at least 20 against UConn this year.

“We played more zone than we have played recently” Auriemma said. “I wasn’t worried so much about how many 3s they were going to take or even how many they were going to make. I was more concerned with how many times they would get into the lane, how many times they would get to the free-throw line and we would get into foul trouble because of that. Some of it was the defense we were in and the other part is she is a really good player. She can get her shot off whenever she wants it and as great range. She made a couple shots today that were not easy shots to make. We usually do a pretty good job on the other team’s best player today we were so worried about them and her getting into the lane that she took advantage of what was there for her.”

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Anonymous UConn Husky Fan said...

Dolson is UConn's MVP. Jefferson is key to winning 9th NC.

Stewart is a scorer not a shooter, so I would expect many games of sub par shooting.

KML is a shooter in a foul filled funk, since the Duke game. She appears slower recently, possibly because of her apparent weight gain. Slower and poor foot movement has led to her fouls.

Hartley still struggles with her confidence on wide open layups for some reason.

Chong has shown flashes she can be a contributor. But the team depth might slow Chong's growth. If UConn's starting 5 stays out of foul trouble, there will be less minutes for Banks, Stokes, Chong, and Tuck.

Baylor at home should be a more difficult challenge than Duke, after several AAC games and travel.

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