Oct. 14, 2013
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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF sophomore guard Briahanna Jackson was named to the American Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference Team on Monday's league media day.
The Tampa, Fla., native was one of 10 athletes recognized on the list, joining an elite group of women that include the 2012-13 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, WBCA All-Americans, NCAA All-Tournament Team selections and NCAA champions.
The 2012-13 Conference USA Freshman of the Year stole the show last season by breaking the 15-year-old C-USA freshman single-season steals record en route to becoming UCF's overall single season-steals record holder with 108 thefts -- a mark that ties for second on C-USA's overall single-season leaders list.
Jackson was named to the C-USA All-Tournament team after averaging 18.5 points and converting 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the free throw line during UCF's run to its third title game in five years.
She gained valuable experience in May at the USA Basketball World University Games Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo., and enters the 2013-14 season as UCF's leading returning scorer (15.7 points per game) from a year ago.
UCF was selected eighth in the preseason coaches' poll, which nearly unanimously predicted defending NCAA champion UConn to finish first, followed by NCAA runner-up Louisville in second.
As a member of one of the premier women's basketball leagues in the nation, the Knights open their season on Nov. 8 at home against Central Connecticut State at 6 p.m.
The American's Preseason All-Conference Team
Briahanna Jackson, UCF, So., G
Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Sr., G
*Stefanie Dolson, UConn, Sr., C
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, UConn, Jr., F
*Breanna Stewart, UConn, So., F
Keena Mays, SMU, Sr., G
Sara Hammond, Louisville, Jr., F
*Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Sr., G
Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Sr., G
Inga Orekhova, USF, Sr., G
2013-14 Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Connecticut (9) 81
2. Louisville (1) 73
3. USF 59
4. Rutgers 57
5. SMU 50
6. Memphis 32
7. Cincinnati 30
8. UCF 28
9. Temple 25
10. Houston 15