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#12 Tara Taylor (TAR-uh)
  • Univ. of Florida Women's Basketball (2000-04)
  • 5-10 * Guard
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Butler HS

Tara (TAR-uh) Taylor completed the 2003-04 season as a fourth-year junior and decided that it would be her final collegiate season ... on track to graduate in August 2004 ... ability to create own shot off the dribble … extremely athletic … received a medical red-shirt for the 2000-01 season after tearing the ACL in her left knee during the team's second exhibition game.

Single-Game Highs:
Pts- 23 at LSU, 1/10/02
Rbs- 6-2x last at Long Beach, 12/01/02
Ast- 4 at UCSB, 11/29/02
Stl- 3-3x last vs. Vandy, 3/6/03
Blk- 2 vs. Georgia, 3/5/05
Min- 39 at Miss. St., 2/24/02
FG- 8 at LSU, 1/10/02
FGA- 19 at LSU, 1/10/02
3FG- 4-2x last at LSU, 1/10/02
3FGA- 10 vs. High Point, 11/20/01
FT- 5-2x last at Long Beach, 12/1/02
FTA- 6-2x last vs. BCC, 12/19/03
Dbl Fig Scoring Games- 8 in UF Career

Junior Year (2003-04) A fourth-year junior who decided that this was her final collegiate season ... saw action in 23 games, averaging 6.1 minutes during those appearances … against Arkansas (Feb. 22), tied her career high of six rebounds, while scoring four points ... scored a season-high 10 points in 14 minutes all in the first half against Kentucky (Feb. 8) and 10 points in 12 minutes against UCF (Dec. 20) …hit 35.4 percent (8-22) from the three-point line ... two double-figure scoring games.

Sophomore Year (2002-03) Played in 23 of UF's 28 games, earning 14 starts, including in each of the last six games ... hit 17-of-20 free throws for a team-high 85.0 percent … recorded nine points with three steals in the season finale against Vanderbilt (March 6) ... solid 20-minute performance against Ole Miss (Feb. 27), when she scored nine points and dished three assists without a turnover while helping UF snap its 13-game losing streak ... broke out of a scoring drought when she scored all eight points in the second half against Auburn (Feb. 13) ... did not suit up for the Jan. 12 contest against Georgia, serving a one-game suspension … sat out the USF game (Nov. 24) during that stretch for precautionary reasons due to a knee injury … lost her starting role for the Oregon State (Dec. 14) game, where she played just six minutes … did not see action in the double-overtime win against UMass (Dec. 28) and played just one minute against Virginia (Dec. 29) in the championship game of the State Farm Classic … one of three Gators scoring a game-high 13 points in the come-from-behind win at Long Beach State (Dec. 1) … recorded eight points during the first-half-ending 12-2 run against the 49ers, helping UF erase a 12-point deficit … scored her first six points of the season from the free throw line, hitting six straight to open the year … one double-figure scoring game.

Freshman Year (2001-02) Played in all 29 games this season, earning 13 starting assignments …second-highest free throw percentage on the team and ranked second for made 3-pointers (23) ... tallied 11 points with four rebounds against Kentucky (Feb. 14) ... earned her second collegiate start on Jan. 13, when she was inserted into the lineup against Alabama and responded with 10 points and a stellar defensive effort - holding Beth Vice scoreless after she entered the game averaging 19.5 ppg versus SEC opponents … led UF with a career-high 23 points in the loss at LSU (Jan. 10), hitting 2-of-3 from the 3-point line … had a break-out performance on Dec. 8 at South Florida, when she scored 10 of a career-high 21 points during a game-breaking 14-0 run in the second half … earned her first collegiate start on Nov. 25 against Wisconsin … scored her first collegiate points on November 20, tallying 13 in the win over High Point … 5 double-figure scoring games.

Freshman Year (2000-01) Tore the ACL in her left knee with 11:23 remaining in the exhibition game on November 12 against Norrkoping of Sweden … underwent reconstructive surgery on January 3, 2001 … received a medical red-shirt … totaled 34 points, eight assists and 10 steals over two exhibition games… was the first guard off the bench and had been expected to challenge for a starting role.

High School Graduated from Butler High School in 2000… … scored 16 points in the Mississippi - Alabama High School All-Star game… All-USA Today High School Honorable Mention for Alabama… earned 4A All-State first team honors and 6A All-State first team honors… averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals during her senior year, while shooting 79 percent from the free throw line… helped the Lady Rebs win Full Court Press' Girls national championship her junior year, when Butler also captured its third consecutive Class 6A state title and a 33-2 record … averaged 14.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game her junior year… ranked No. 80 according to the 1999-2000 Blue Star Index Top 100 Seniors report and No. 44 by the All-Star Girls Report… attended Weaver (Ala.) High School in ninth grade, where she set the school record by recording 47 points and 25 rebounds in a single game… named the Most Valuable Player on her track squad… coached in basketball her senior year by Calvin Staten and by coached by Linda Holt, Rock Holt and Robert Holt Jr., prior to her final season at Butler.


Taylor's Career Statistics
  Total 3-Point  
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct  
2001-02 29-13 649/22.4 62-208 .298 23-78 .295 26-38 .684
2002-03 23-14 283/12.3 23-93 .247 5-42 .119 17-20 .850
2003-04 23-0 141/6.1 17-42 .405 8-22 .364 5-10 .500
Total 75-27 1073/14.3 102-343 .297 36-142 .254 48-68 .706
  Rebounds  
Year Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
2001-02 32-50 82 2.8 35-0 33 38 5 22 173 6.0
2002-03 9-27 36 1.6 13-0 14 23 1 10 68 3.0
2003-04 5-9 14 0.6 10-0 6 7 5 3 47 2.0
Total 46-86 132 1.8 58-0 53 68 11 35 288 3.8
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