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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

UConn's Jefferson spreading her wings

There are no lack of impressive statistics being put up by the UConn players this season but none have surprised me as much as sophomore guard Moriah Jefferson's ascension to the top of the American Athletic Conference in field-goal percentage.

It took 18 games during her freshman year before Jefferson made more shots than she missed and now Jefferson finished the regular season with a 59.4 field-goal percentage in American Athletic Conference play.

"I am proud," Jefferson said. "It (shows) that we can do it and it is not just the post players."

As Jefferson mentioned, post players are typically atop the field-goal percentage list as Kiah Stokes leads the team with a 62.8 mark in all games but she hasn't attempted enough shots to qualify.

Jefferson's overall FG percentage of 56.9 edged out Stefanie Dolson's mark of .566 for the team lead.

"It means she doesn't take a lot of shots but the ones she takes, she really maximizes her attempts," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "God bless her, she has worked really hard at it, she's gotten herself to be better with the ball, to be a better shooter, to make better decisions. When you have four other starters like we have, all you have to do is find them and get them the ball.One of the biggest question marks coming into the season was what was she going to do? Well, she's been great."

Jefferson also led the AAC in assists and assist to turnover ratio. How rare is it for a player to lead the conference in assists and FG percentage? Well, it has never been done in the history of the UConn program and Jefferson is the only Division I women's player to lead her conference in both categories. No other Division I player other than Jefferson led her conference in assists while shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 19 of the other 31 conference assist leaders shot less than 40 percent from the field.

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