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Saturday March 21, 2009Florida Set for Sunday's NCAA First Round Game Versus Temple

Storrs, CT

The University of Florida women’s basketball team is set to play Temple in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, with tip-off from Gampel Pavilion set for approximately 2:51 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN and ESPNU, while live streaming video is available through


The Gators (23-7) received the No. 8 seed in the 64-team field and face ninth-seeded Temple (21-9), with the winner advancing to the second round to play the winner of the game between No. 1-seeded Connecticut and No. 16-seeded Vermont on Tuesday.


Florida is making its 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but its first since the 2006 season. This is the Owls sixth consecutive NCAA berth and the eighth in program history.


“I am excited about the match-up with Temple,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “They are a strong team out of the Atlantic-10 Conference and I’m excited about the challenge they will pose to us. It has been a great season for us so far and we have gotten great leadership from our players. It was truly a tremendous season of team success that we will hopefully be able to continue.”


The Gators sport a 9-11 all-time record in NCAA Tournament action, but have not advanced to the second round since 2004.


UF seniors Sha Brooks (Jackson, Tenn.) and Marshae Dotson (Columbus, Ohio) have been the team’s offensive leaders this season. The pair is the only two Gators averaging a double-figure scoring effort, headlining UF’s potent and very balanced attack. Brooks leads the team in scoring (16.6 ppg), assists (4.73), free throws made (128) and free throws attempted (163), while ranking second for steals (1.70) and made 3-pointers (45). In addition to 13.7 points per game, Dotson leads UF in field goal percentage (61.4%), rebounding (7.0 pg) and offensive rebounds (93), while logging a team-best three double-doubles.



Gator Game Day: NCAA First Round

What: #8 Seed Florida (23-7) vs. #9 Seed Temple (21-9)

When: Sunday, March 22, 2009 * (approx.) 2:30 p.m. ET

Where: Storrs, Conn. * Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (10,027)

Radio: LIVE on WRUF-FM (103.7) in Gainesville; with Steve Babik & Steve Russell

Internet Audio: LIVE thru (FREE of charge)

Television: Live on ESPN & ESPNU with Pam Ward and Doris Burke

Streaming Internet Video: Live on

Post-Game Satellite Feed: none for NCAA First & Second Rounds

Tickets: First & Second Round ticket packages are $35 for adults & $24 for seniors/youth; Single game tickets are $22 for adults & $15 for seniors/youth



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