The University of Florida
women’s basketball team travels to Coral Gables
to play Miami in the second round of the
Postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the BankUnited
Florida snapped a three-game slide with its 61-54 win against South Florida on Thursday in the opening round of the
WNIT. Steffi Sorensen’s 16 points led a balanced scoring effort, as five
players scored at least eight points.
set the program’s postseason record with eight blocked shots, while hitting 10
three-pointers, one behind the 11 the Gators sank during the 1997 NCAA first
round win against Florida International.
is coming off an impressive 70-57 victory against Florida Gulf
Coast, which led the WNIT
field in three-pointers per game. The Eagles jumped out to an eight-point
half-time lead, but the hosts roared back to outscore the visiting
sharpshooters 43-22 in the second half.
Hurricanes had good offensive balance in the win, paced by Shenise
Johnson’s 20 points, six rebounds and seven assist performance.
Hurricane’s last 12 games have been overtime decisions, with the team losing
four of those outings.
“Miami might be the most
athletic team we’ve played this year,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “They have great speed and quickness at every
position. They have two exceptional players in Shenise
Johnson and Riquna Williams,
however, you’re selling the rest of the team short if you don’t mention
Stefanie Yderstrom and Morgan Stroman
and Diane Barnes. Those top six or seven players are very impressive at what
Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree, Johnson contributed 18.5 points,
130 assists, 94 steals and 4.3 rebounds, while shooting 36.4 percent (36-99)
from the three-point arc. Williams, who garnered second-team all-conference
accolades, leads the squad with 19.8 points, hitting 85-of-249 three pointers
at a 34.1 percent clip.
Florida’s 61-54 win against South Florida in the WNIT opener was the team’s 15th game
this season decided by fewer than 10 points. The seven-point victory also
marked the program’s 13th game decided by seven points or less in the
POSTSEASON, including six in the WNIT. The Gators are 4-2 in those tight WNIT
contests and 6-7 overall.
time Florida and Miami met on the hardwood, neither of the
current coaches were on the sidelines for the 80-75
Hurricane victory back on Dec. 12, 2003. In fact, both Florida’s
Amanda Butler and Miami’s Katie
Meier were coaching together at UNC Charlotte during the 2003-04 season. Meier was in her second-to-last year with the 49ers
before taking the position at Miami for the
2005-06 season, while Butler
was the associate head coach and was named the head coach at Charlotte when Meier left.
the fact that the two programs haven’t played each other in six seasons, the
41-game series is the sixth-longest against any opponent for the Gators, who
hold a 28-13 overall lead against the Hurricanes, but are just 5-10 when
playing in Coral Gables.
Amanda Butler was an assistant coach for the 2009
USA Basketball Women’s U-19 World Championship Team that won the gold medal in Thailand.
Shenise Johnson was a member of that
gold-medal winning club, starting all nine games and contributing 9.4 points
and 6.9 rebounds.
16-point performance against South Florida, Steffi Sorensen jumped to the top of Florida’s scoring chart with a 9.4 per game
mark. Jordan Jones, who scored 10
against the Bulls, had been the Gators’ average scoring leader since the second
game of the season. Jones is right behind Sorensen with 9.2 points per game.
last five games, Sorensen is averaging a team-best of 14.0 points and 14
steals, along with 5.2 rebounds and hitting 39.0 percent (16-41) from the
Freshman Jennifer George is averaging a
team-high 6.6 rebounds over the last five games, hitting 47.2 percent from the
floor and contributing 9.6 points, the third-most during the span.
has been very focused practice and has digested as
much information on Miami that they can over a
two-day period,” Butler
Florida played six other schools from the Sunshine
State this season, posting a 4-2
record, including the first round WNIT win against South
Postseason WNIT - Second Round
(15-16, 7-9 SEC) at Miami
(18-13, 4-10 ACC)
When: Sunday, March 21, 2010 * 2 p.m.
Where: Coral Gables,
Fla. * BankUnited Center (7,000)
Radio: LIVE on WBXY-FM (The Star 99.5)
with Steve Russell & Brittany Davis
Internet Audio: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE of
Internet Video: TBA
Post-Game Satellite Feed: none