May 23, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) -- UCF guard Briahanna Jackson has returned to Orlando after attending the 2013 USA Basketball Women's World University Games Team trials.
Jackson spent three days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., competing alongside 30 other athletes from all over the country. Although she did not make the 12-member roster, she detailed her experience from the great learning opportunity in this Q&A.
Q: What a normal day was like?
A: "I usually woke up about 90 minutes before the session so I could wake my body up and be ready. Everyone was in the dining hall eating together before and after each session. We did some basic drills, like 3-man weave and 5-man weave. Then we would do some USA shooting drills, and we had a lot of scrimmages."
Q:Who were your roommates?
A: "I roomed with Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (UConn) and Betnijah Laney (Rutgers). They were really cool. We watched TV or napped when we had down time."
Q: What were some of the biggest lessons you learned?
A: "I learned what it takes to play at a high level and the certain skills you need. It's not about scoring. It's being versatile and doing everything to win."
Q: What was your favorite part of the whole experience?
A: "My favorite part was the competition. Everyone knew how to play the game. It was a challenge."
Q: How do you think going to the trials will help you prepare for next season with the Knights?
A: "Being there and seeing what it take to compete at that level raised my expectations. I'll be holding my teammates accountable for everything and pushing them to be their absolute best."