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Friday February 17, 2012Women's Hoops Drops Overtime Decision at No. 24 Vanderbilt, 75-69

Nashville, TN

Vanderbilt’s Christina Foggie nailed a wild three-pointer as the clock expired at the end of regulation and sent the game into overtime, where she scored five more points and helped the Commodores slip past Florida, 75-69, at Memorial Gym late Thursday evening.

 

The Gators (16-10, 6-7 SEC) held the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer in check for the majority of the night, as she scored just seven points prior to her game-tying trey and finished with 15 points, three below her average.

 

Lanita Bartley sank two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining in regulation and gave Florida a 65-62 lead and the Gators played tight defense, but Foggie tossed up a prayer and it somehow found the bottom of the net.

 

“Vanderbilt is a great team with a lot players,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “One of the things that came to light at the end of the game was that the clock didn’t run for 14 seconds and when you look at the way the game ended that’s unfortunate. It’s unfortunate for our kids. However, you’ve got to give Vanderbilt credit for heaving that ball up to the rim, as crazy as a shot as that was, she still got it off. They are a great team. They’re really hard to beat here. We just had some detail work that wasn’t as solid as it needed to be.”

 

SEC Officials later determined there was a communication breakdown by the Official Table Crew working the game and they never notified the game officials that the game clock stopped with 1:15 remaining and didn’t restart for 14 seconds.

 

Jennifer George scored 17 points with nine rebounds off the bench to lead the Gators, who shot just 1-of-9 during the overtime frame. Deana Allen contributed 10 points for Florida, which made just 13-of-23 free throws, including 8-of-14 in the second half and 2-of-4 in overtime.

 

Tiffany Clarke led all scorers with 18 points along with 17 rebounds, while Stephanie Holzer added 14 points and 12 rebounds, helping Vanderbilt (20-6, 8-5 SEC) outrebound the Gators 47-39 and outscore UF 44-30 in the paint.

 

Florida led by as many as six points, 53-47, as late as 6:33 remaining in regulation, before Jasmine Lister nailed a three-pointer and converted a three-point play to tie the game with 5:30 to go. The Gators never trailed during the final 12 minutes of regulation and scored the first two points of overtime with 3:47 on the clock.

 

After Azania Stewart knocked down two free throws for the Gators, Kady Schrann scored the first field goal of the extra frame for her only points of the contest and tied the game at 67 with 3:02 remaining.

 

The Gators then missed two free throws, before Foggie scored the game’s next three points, including just her fifth made field goal of the contest coming with 34 seconds to play. Lister converted one free throw with 20.2 seconds on the clock, before Allen’s driving layup brought Florida back within two points, 71-69 with 9;8 seconds left. Vanderbilt, however, closed out the game from the free throw line, where Foggie hit two and Clarke added the last two that gave the Commodores their largest lead of the game and ended the game’s scoring, as Vanderbilt improved to 16-1 at home.

 

Nine of Florida’s 13 SEC games have been decided by six points or less, with 10 of the 13 single digit outcomes.

 

This was the second time in the last three meetings between Florida and Vanderbilt where overtime was needed, as the Commodores have taken both of those after the Gators won last year’s 74-69 game in Nashville.

 

Florida next plays host to No. 18/15 Georgia (20-6, 9-4 SEC) on Sunday in the O’Connell Center, with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, which airs in Gainesville on COX Cable channel 251.

 

The teams and coaches will be wearing pink in support of the women’s basketball initiative Play4Kay, which promotes awareness of breast cancer.

 

It’s also a FAMILY 4-PACK SUNDAY, with 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas are available for only $20.

 

Florida’s five seniors – Deana Allen, Lanita Bartley, Jordan Jones, Ndidi Madu and Azania Stewart will be honored in a postgame ceremony.

 

Additional game-day promotions include:

 

*Senior Night: Join the Gators as they honor their five seniors…Jordan Jones, Ndidi Madu, Azania Stewart, Lanita Bartley, and Deana Allen with a post-game ceremony accompanied by career highlight videos!

*Family 4 Pack Sunday: 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 sodas for only $20!

*Scout Day: All area scouts have been sent a coupon for the opportunity to purchase Buy One Get One free general admission tickets.

*BEAT UGA Giveaway: The first 1,000 fans will receive a BEAT GEORGIA dri-fit shirt courtesy of Pepsi!

*Champions of Character III: Elementary and middle schools in Alachua, Marion, Columbia, Bradford and Putnam counties are invited to one of a three select games. Students and faculty/staff will receive free admission voucher with a barcode. Each school is allowed to select up to 10 outstanding students to be recognized at halftime.

*Rowdy Reptiles Check-In: This game has been designated a Rowdy Reptiles check-in event. Students with a valid Gator 1 I.D. should report to Gate 3 to have their Gator 1’s scanned and earn 4 points!

*Alligator Alley: Prior to the game (2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.) fans can swing by the O’Connell Center’s Dance Studio to make signs, play interactive games and more!

*Post-Game Autograph Session: Immediately following the game the Gators will be available to sign autographs in the Gate 4 lobby.

*Future Farmers of America Day: All area Future Farmers of America in the area have been sent a coupon for the opportunity to purchase Buy One Get One free general admission tickets.

*Pee Wee Basketball: Teams from Gainesville’s A Girl’s Place will play at halftime. Prior to the game the players will be invited to make a tunnel for the women’s basketball team as they take the court at 4:00 minutes on the clock.

*National Anthem: The National Anthem will be performed by the University of Florida All-Saxophone Festival Orchestra.

 

 

Scores of Other SEC Games:

Georgia d. SOUTH CAROLINA, 61-59

ALABAMA d. Kentucky, 77-75

LSU d. ARKANSAS, 50-42

Tennessee d. MISSISSIPPI STATE, 57-41

 

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