Sunday March 21, 2010Women's Basketball Falls to Miami in WNIT Second Round, 77-64
Coral Gables, Fla.
Photo gallery courtesy Matthew Pendleton
Sophomore center Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) scored a team-high 18 points with six rebounds and a career-tying four assists, as she hit 7-of-10 from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to counter the Gators’ 29.2 percent shooting mark in the first half, when Miami (19-13) used a 15-2 run and managed to keep Florida at bay the rest of the way.
Senior Steffi Sorensen (
scoring droughts, didn’t have shots fall, didn’t shoot with confidence and
didn’t play well in general in the first half,” UF head coach Amanda
(15-17) turned the ball over 18 times in the game, including 13 in the first
addition to Sorensen playing her final game, the loss also marked the end of
the collegiate basketball careers of Jennifer
With five points on Sunday, Smith topped the 900-point plateau for her career, ending with 902, in addition to 713 rebounds. Smith ended with an 82.1 career free throw percentage (192-234), the highest in program history, just passing Roonie Scovel’s previous mark of 82.0 percent (82-100) set from 1980-83. She also played in the 125th game of her career, tied for the sixth most in program history.
During her collegiate career, Sorensen dropped in a total of 340 three-pointers, however, the first 179 of those don’t count toward her NCAA Division I total. In her two seasons suiting up for the Gator Orange & Blue, Sorensen totaled 161 three-pointers, a mark ranking as the fourth-best in program history. Sorensen canned 74 during her sophomore year at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, and drained a team-best 105 from beyond the arc her freshman season at Florida Gulf Coast University, which was competing in its final year on the NCAA Division II level. Sorensen started every game except one in her two-year career, earning 63 total starting assignments, all 63 in a row, the sixth-longest streak in program history!
totaled 555 points and 160 assists in her Gator career, as she contributed six
points and a pair of assists against
traded buckets, but
Seniors Sharielle Smith and Steffi Sorensen came back with back-to-back treys and had the
Gators within eight points, 56-48, with 8:47 to play.
team could score for nearly the next four minutes until UM converted a pair of
free throws. Sorensen answered with a three-pointer from the top of the arc,
but Williams hit a slashing layup and was fouled. She missed the free throw,
After one free throw from UM, Madu hit an eight-footer and cut the deficit to nine points, 64-55, with 3:49 remaining.
turnovers in the next minute helped
Sorensen nailed her fourth three-pointer of the game and brought the Gators within 11, but UM scored the next four points, as UF missed its next two shots and would never recover despite scoring six points in the final 1:18, including Sorensen’s fifth three-pointer with 49 seconds remaining, as she closed her stellar two-year career with 161 treys that rank fourth in program history.
Shenise Johnson led four Hurricanes in double-figure scoring with 19 points, as well as 10 rebounds and eight assists, while Charmaine Clark tallied 16 points, Williams added 15 and Barnes tallied 13 points with eight rebounds.
The Hurricanes hit 45 percent overall from the floor, nailing 16-of-21 free throws, compared to UF’s 7-of-11 effort from the charity stripe.
The pace of the first four minutes of the game was fast and furious, as the teams seemingly matched each other’s offensive possession every time down the floor.
The Gators certainly had their chances during the spree, but missed 9-of-10 shots from the floor, with several short-range shots, while committing five turnovers during the seven-minute-plus run.
The Gators still couldn’t get their shots to fall, but staged a 7-0 run thanks to a 5-of-6 free throw effort and an inside bucket from Stewart that cut the deficit to seven, 27-20, with just over four minutes left.
The Hurricanes then closed the half with a 5-1 run and took a 32-21 halftime lead.