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Jaterra Bonds is averaging 19.0 points in SEC games this year.

Saturday January 12, 2013Gators Host No. 9 Tennessee on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

Jaterra Bonds is averaging 19.0 points in SEC games this year.

Florida plays host to ninth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday in the O’Connell Center, where tip-off is scheduled for an unusually early 11:30 a.m.

 

All three of the Gator’s Southeastern Conference games this year have been decided by seven points or less, including its most recent outing - a 61-55 road win at Mississippi State.

 

Tennessee (12-3, 3-0 SEC) was voted to finish fifth in a preseason poll of the SEC’s head coaches and fourth by the media, who also selected Florida (13-4, 2-1 SEC) to place eighth and ninth, respectively.

 

“Playing Tennessee is a challenge because they are a very good team,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “To this early point in the league, they look like the best team in the SEC with their margins of victory over good teams. They are a great rebounding team, a great scoring team and terrific in transition. They aren’t as deep as maybe they have been in the past, but they haven’t had to go very deep this year. We’ll have to play great defense and win the battle in the paint.”

 

Florida senior Jennifer George was named as preseason first-team All-SEC selections by the league’s coaches and media, while UT’s Meighan Simmons was honored as a preseason first-team performer by the coaches and second-team by the media.

 

UT, which has won six consecutive games against the Gators, carries a dominating 44-3 lead in the series history versus Florida, which claimed two of its three victories inside the O’Connell Center. After a three-game stretch that had been decided by a total of 15 points (2-1 UT record), the Lady Vols have won the last five against Florida by an average of 27.4 points per game.

 

The Gators enter Sunday’s game against Tennessee riding a 15-game home winning streak, the fourth longest in UF history, as well as the sixth-longest active streak in the country.

 

“Our team is one that really responds to the energy of our fans,” Butler said. “They have a terrific fan base that travels and they will show up tomorrow so I hope our Gator fans understand the challenge that they play a role for us and have helped us be as successful as we have been at home.”

 

Over the last three games, Jaterra Bonds is averaging 19.0 points per game and has been UF leading scorer in all three, highlighted by her effort from the free throw line where she has converted 26-of-29 free throws.

 

“Jaterra’s shown a tremendous amount of toughness and leadership,” Butler praised. “The one dimension of her game that she’s really shown lately is her ability to score in heated moments and make plays. She really understands the game and where her shots come in our offense. She really has the intensity and the fire in those big moments that she wants to make the play. She’s learned in her three years here that not every shot is that shot, but where those shots should come from and when then should come. That’s part of her growth process. She’s hard to deny in those moments because she wants it so badly.”

 

Preseason Naismith Player of the Year candidate Jennifer George leads the Gators in scoring (13.7), rebounding (8.9) and steals (2.3) and ranks second for field goal percentage (53.5%) and blocked shots (21). George, who is the SEC’s active career leader in double-doubles with 26, most recently tallied a 15-point, 11-rebound effort against LSU (Jan. 6). George also is the SEC’s active career leader in rebounds (794) and is second for blocks (156) and fifth for steals (142).

 

Freshman Sydney Moss also is averaging a double-figure scoring effort, tallying 10.6 points per game. She leads Florida in assists (3.9 apg), while ranking second for scoring, rebounding (6.1 rpg) and steals (1.7) and has flirted with a triple-double four times. Among SEC freshmen entering the games of Jan. 13, Moss ranks second for assists, third for rebounding and fourth for scoring.

 

 

Florida (13-4, 2-1 SEC) vs. #9 Tennessee (12-3, 3-0)

Sun., Jan. 13, 2013 * 11:30 a.m. ET

Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373)

Gainesville, Fla.

 

FLORIDA GAME NOTES (PDF)

TENNESSEE GAME NOTES

 

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O’Connell Center Press Row: 352-367-1801

Tickets: $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students

Parking:                FREE in the O’Connell Center lot

 

Opening Tip

*the Gators have won 15 consecutive home games; it is the fourth-longest streak in program history and the sixth-longest ACTIVE streak in the country

*Over the last three+ years, UF has played 62 games decided by 10 points or less (5-2 this year - including all 3 SEC games)

*Jaterra Bonds has 799 career points; 50 consecutive starts

*Jennifer George has 1,092 career points & 794 career rebounds

*Jennifer George is a preseason First Team All-SEC selection by coaches & media

 

Additional Hoopla for Sunday’s Game

*Family 4 Pack Sunday: Get 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $20! (First 50 families)

*Rowdy Reptiles Check-In: Students with a valid Gator 1 ID can check in inside Gate 3 of the O’Connell Center for this DOUBLE POINT Rowdy Reptiles check-in (total of 8 points)!!!

*Thermos Giveaway: The first 500 GATOR fans will receive Florida Women’s Basketball thermoses! Bring on the cold weather!

 

 

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