Wednesday March 26, 2008Florida Plays NC State in Raleigh on Thursday in the WNIT Third Round
Gator Game Day: WNIT Third Round
What: Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) Third Round
When: Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. ET
LIVE on WRUF-AM850 in
Internet Audio: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE of charge)
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Post-Game Satellite Feed: TBD
Tickets: (919) 865-1510 or (800) 310-PACK … $8 Adult ... $6 Senior Citizen ... $1 Children ... $4 Students
Game Day Gator Tales
teams are coming off thrilling, hard-fought second-round home victories, as the
Gators staved off
*be the 20th victory of the season, marking the 10th time in the 34-year history of the program the team has reached the milestone and the first time since the 2005-06 squad went 21-9;
*make Amanda Butler the winningest first-year head coach in UF history, as she enters Thursday’s game tied with Debbie Yow, who also tallied 19 victories during her inaugural campaign with the Gators in 1983-84;
*mark an 11-game improvement from last year’s 9-22 overall record, which would be the greatest one-season turn-around in program history (currently tied for the best improvement)
Both team’s rosters feature just one senior, apiece, with both being the leading scorers of their respective squads.
Depree Bowden, the lone senior on the Gator bench, averages 13.5 points per game in addition to team-highs of 68 steals and 55 three-pointers
Khadijah Whittington, a first-team All-ACC performer, is the heart of the Wolfpack on the court, where she contributes team-highs of 17.0 points and 11.5 rebounds along with 74 steals and 51 blocks.
Usually Tough When it’s Tight
Gators ended the regular season with a 72-66 win at Ole Miss (March 2), after
falling at home to South Carolina, 69-65, on February 24th. UF defeated
It’s Been a Tight Tournament
Ten the 16 WNIT second-round games were decided by seven points or less.
COURT-ship of Coaches
game is the second time this season
February 28th, the Gators also played at The Summitt, where the court inside
Thompson-Boling Arena is named after
Making Yow Proud
Wolfpack have compiled a 12-4 record on
The Gators won the 1994 State Farm Classic by defeating the Wolfpack 77-67 on Dec. 29, 1994 in the championship game, while NC State took the consolation game of the GlaxoSmithKline Invitational with its 81-77 decision over UF on Dec. 7, 2002.
teams are scheduled to play once next season in
team, NC State features one of the nation’s stingiest defenses, ranking among
the country’s top-27 teams for blocked shots (5.1 bpg), field-goal percentage
defense (36.6%) and scoring defense (56.7 ppg). The Wolfpack also force 19.7
turnovers per game. Only twice in the last 12 games has an opponent scored more
than 70 points, with just top-5 ranked foes
is 2-0 this season against SEC teams, earning an 80-71 win at Ole Miss on Dec.
21st, as well as its recent 72-69 victory against
Scouting the Wolfpack
top of nearly every statistical category for the Wolfpack is senior Khadijah
Whittington. The 6-foot-1 forward leads the team in scoring (17.0 ppg),
rebounding (11.5 rpg), field goal percentage (49.8%), steals (74) and blocks
(51). In the WNIT second-round win against
Junior guard Shayla Fields averages 13.3 points while dishing 110 assists and hitting 48-of-139 (34.5%) three-pointers. Fields scored a team-high 16 points against USC, converting 7-of-10 free throws and 3-of-6 shots from long range.
Sophomore Nikitta Gartrell also had a big night against the Gamecocks, tallying 14 points and improving her season-average to 9.4 per game.
No. 20 is 23 from 21
Senior Depree Bowden (who wears jersey No. 20) enters Thursday’s contest with 977 career points - 23 shy of becoming the 21st Gator to reach the 1,000-point milestone for her career.
has tallied at least 20 points in five different games this season, most
recently on March 6 against
Depree Bowden top the 1,000-point plateau, she would join current teammates
The last time the Gators took the court featuring two 1,000-point scorers was during the 1999-2000 season, when three players all topped the milestone: Tiffany Travis, Tonya Washington and Tamara Stocks … and all three eclipsed the mark during that same season.
Yow, sister of NC State head coach Kay Yow, was
coach Amanda Butler, assistant coaches Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick and David
Lowery, as well as assistant to the head coach Janna Magette, arrived in
Senior Depree Bowden is swishing shots until her hoops career is finished! She’s upped her scoring average down the stretch and assumed the top-spot on UF’s scoring chart this season following her impressive two-game showing at the SEC Tournament, where she contributed a team-high 18.0 points, hitting 7-of-11 from the three-point arc (63.6%) and 14-of-24 shots overall (58.3%). Bowden also dished eight assists with just two turnovers in the league’s postseason event.
Who Else is Hot?
Sha Brooks has scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games entering Thursday’s WNIT third-round game. During that span, she is averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game, connecting on 35.0 percent (21-60) from the three-point arc, while dishing 29 assists and collecting 26 steals, also team-highs.
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