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The Gators host nationally-ranked Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Saturday February 16, 2013Gators Host No. 13/12 Georgia on Family-4-Pack Sunday – 1 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators host nationally-ranked Georgia on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Florida returns to Gainesville following a two-game road swing and plays host to No. 13/12 Georgia on Sunday in the O’Connell Center, where tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.

 

It’s a Family-4-Pack Sunday, when fans can receive 4 general admission tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 sodas for only $20.

 

Also there is $1 admission for all Shands employees.

 

The first 500 fans also will receive a free BEAT GEORGIA frat tank.

 

A free parking shuttle will be available on Sunday to deliver fans to the No. 13 Gator baseball team’s series finale against Duke that begins at 12 p.m. in McKethan Stadium and the Gator women’s basketball game versus Georgia that tip-off at 1 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Fans are strongly encouraged to use the parking shuttle to reach their destination.

 

Shuttle service from the commuter lot on Gale Lemerand Drive begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The buses will stop at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road near the south gate at the Lemerand Center adjacent to McKethan Stadium. The buses will also stop at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road near Gate 2 of the O’Connell Center for access to the women’s basketball game. Fans heading to the baseball game can enter through the south gate at the Lemerand Center adjacent to McKethan Stadium.

 

The shuttles will run for 30 minutes following the conclusion of the event which is completed last. A map of the shuttle service can be found HERE (http://www.gatorzone.com/facilities/?p=shuttle)

 

The game will be the 62nd meeting between the two programs, the second-longest series for Florida against any opponent. The only team the Gators have played more often is their intrastate rival Florida State, 69 times.

 

The Gators will look to get back on the winning track after falling at Texas A&M, 78-71, Thursday evening, when Florida whittled a 21-point deficit to four points in the second half, but couldn’t complete the comeback.

 

Including Sunday’s game, Florida has just five regular-season games remaining before the Southeastern Conference Tournament. After the game against Georgia, the Gators will host Vanderbilt on Thurs., Feb. 21, play at Alabama on Sun., Feb. 24, host Arkansas on Thur., Feb. 28 and travel to Columbia, S.C., to play the No. 16/14-ranked Gamecocks in the regular-season finale.

 

“Consistency is our big emphasis, but it’s hard to pin-point just one area,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “Each individual bringing a level of consistency will make the whole picture look the way we want it to. We still haven’t gotten to that point yet. Our freshmen are getting a lot more consistent, but we’ve got to have a lot more consistent post play from individuals. We have to have consistent decision making on the perimeter. It’s really hard to say just one area, but at this time of the year you need to be playing your best basketball. Consistency is a big part of that.”

 

Sunday’s game will be the second meeting this season between the two teams, with the Lady Bulldogs taking the 69-52 decision in Athens on Jan. 27 - just 21 days ago. The 17-point setback is Florida’s largest margin of defeat in an SEC game this year. In fact, it’s the only loss that has been by more than eight points. The Lady Dawgs also won the rebounding battle 59-41, handing the Gators their largest deficit margin of the year.

 

“Georgia is very senior-heavy, well coach, and we played probably our worst game of the season the first time we played them and they played their best,” Butler said. “We have to understand how important it is to get that win on our home court.”

 

Entering the Jan. 27 meeting between Florida and Georgia, the Lady Bulldogs were coming off a 64-46 home loss to Texas A&M and had a midweek bye, with extra preparation to face the Gators.

 

Georgia’s last game prior to Sunday’s match-up against Florida was a 62-54 loss at LSU that snapped a four-game win streak. The Lady Bulldogs again enjoyed an ‘off’ day on Thursday, Feb. 14 and will have had a full week to prep for the Gators.

 

“I don’t know how we’ve been so fortunate as to play them right after both of their byes,” Butler joked.

 

Sunday’s game is the second of two consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents. Florida lost to No. 11/13 Texas A&M on Thursday in College Station, Texas, while today’s opponent is No. 13 Georgia, ranked No. 12 in the Coaches/USA Today. The Gators are 0-5 this year versus ranked teams (at the time of tip-off).

 

Georgia was voted to finish second in a preseason poll of the SEC’s head coaches and by the media, who also selected Florida to place eighth and ninth, respectively.

 

Florida senior Jennifer George was named as preseason first-team All-SEC selections by the league’s coaches and media. Georgia’s Anne Marie Armstrong and Jasmine Hassell both received recognition as preseason first-team honorees.

 

It would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting series in the SEC over the last three years than the one between Florida and Georgia, although the last meeting was a lopsided 69-52 decision claimed by the Bulldogs in Athens.

 

Seven of the last eight games between the two SEC rivals has been decided by nine points or less, with the Lady Bulldogs carrying the 4-3 edge in those tight match-ups.

 

In each of the last three years, the home team has won the game.

 

The overall series, however, has been dominated Georgia, which carries a 47-14 lead in the 61-game series, including a 19-10 record when playing in Gainesville.

 

Nine of the Gator’s 11 SEC games this year have been decided by eight points or less. Overall, 13 of Florida’s game this season have been decided by 10 points or less (6-7 record).

 

Over the last four games, junior Jaterra Bonds is averaging a team-best 12.8 points and has dished 20 assists with 10 turnovers.

 

Overall, Bonds is averaging 12.2 points (leads the team) with 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists (tied for team lead) per game. Bonds, who is the only Gator who has started every game, ranks tied for eighth in SEC games for scoring (14.9 ppg), sixth for free throw percentage (76.3%), 10th for assist-to-turnover ratio (+0.9) and 12th for assists (3.2 pg).

 

Also during the last four games, junior Lily Svete has knocked down 65.2 percent of her three-point attempts (15-23), averaging 11.8 points per game. Svete has scored in double-figures in each of the last three-games, the longest stretch of her career (has five double-figure scoring games this year and six in her career).

 

“We have looks to find and get her shots, but I think that more falls on her teammates, recognizing where she is,” Butler said. “Lily finding shots for herself in transition makes it much harder for an opponent to prepare for. When you start to have a player who’s caught fire, there’s trend that presents itself and your opponents start game-planning to take someone like that away. So it becomes a little more difficult to find shots. Lily has to continue to run the floor and be spaced well, she has to call for the ball and move really well without the ball. She’s doing a great job of that. We have players like Sydney Moss who are doing a great job of finding her. That’s got to continue.”

 

Freshman Christin Mercer is averaging over the last four games 11.0 points and 6.3 rebounds - and that includes her 18-point, 11 rebound (both career-highs) night against Alabama (Feb. 2). She hit 72.4 percent (21-29) of her shots from the floor during those last four games.

 

Preseason Naismith Player of the Year candidate Jennifer George leads the Gators in rebounding (7.9) and steals (1.9) and ranks second for scoring (12.0), blocked shots (35) and field goal percentage (49.4%).

 

Freshman Sydney Moss is tied for the Gator leader in assists (3.5 apg), ranks second on the team for rebounding (6.2 rpg) and steals (1.6 pg), while ranking third for scoring (10.0). She has flirted with a triple-double five times.

 

Among SEC freshmen entering the games of Feb. 17, Moss ranks second for assists, third for rebounding and fourth for scoring. She has been the Gator’s game leader for assists 11 times, for rebounding seven times and scoring four times.

 

In SEC games, freshman January Miller is averaging 7.7 points, while hitting 45.0 percent (9-20) of her three-point attempts. Four of her six double-figure scoring games have come during conference action.

 

“It’s huge to see our freshmen continue to develop,” Butler said. “It’s really important. If teams try to take Lily away then that puts more pressure on everyone else. At the end of the day, our greatest asset could be that on one night it could be Christin Mercer stepping up. Then it could be January’s night. On the next night it could be Sydney’s night. It could be Carlie (Needles’) night. Carlie shot the ball really well at Texas A&M, as well.

 

“We have a lot of weapons. That collective defensive effort has got to be what fuels us,” Butler continued. “I’ve been really proud of those freshmen. They’ve been playing exactly how we would expect them and want them to play in February for as much as they played in the non-conference season.”

 

 

Free Parking Shuttle Information For Gator Baseball & Women’s Basketball On Sunday

A free parking shuttle will be available on Sunday to deliver fans to the No. 13 Gator baseball team’s series finale against Duke at 12 p.m. in McKethan Stadium and the Gator women’s basketball game versus Georgia at 1 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Fans are strongly encouraged to use the parking shuttle to reach their destination.

 

Shuttle service from the commuter lot on Gale Lemerand Drive begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The buses will stop at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road near the south gate at the Lemerand Center adjacent to McKethan Stadium. The buses will also stop at the corner of Gale Lemerand Drive and Stadium Road near Gate 2 of the O’Connell Center for access to the women’s basketball game. Fans heading to the baseball game can enter through the south gate at the Lemerand Center adjacent to McKethan Stadium.

 

The shuttles will run for 30 minutes following the conclusion of the event which is completed last. A map of the shuttle service can be found HERE (http://www.gatorzone.com/facilities/?p=shuttle)

 

 

Florida (15-10, 4-7 SEC) vs. #13/12 Georgia (20-4, 8-3 SEC)

Sun., Feb. 17, 2013 * 1 p.m. ET

Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373)

Gainesville, Fla.

 

FLORIDA GAME NOTES (PDF)

GEORGIA GAME NOTES

 

Game Coverage & More!

Radio: LIVE on The Star 99.5 FM (WBXY) in Gainesville and on AM930 (WFXJ) in Jacksonville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

Internet Audio: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE)

Internet Scoring: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE)

Internet Video: ESPN3.com (no blackout)

Television: LIVE statewide on FS Florida (Cox Ch. 70 in Gainesville) & on Fox College Sports Atlantic (Cox Ch. 271 in Gainesville) with Bernie Guenther & Joe Ciampi

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; A free parking shuttle will be available - fans are strongly encouraged to use the parking shuttle to reach their destination. Shuttle service from the commuter lot on Gale Lemerand Drive begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday

 

Opening Tip

*second meeting this year between UF & UG - UG won 69-52 Jan. 27

*Sunday’s game is UF’s sixth game vs. a nationally-ranked opponent this year (ranking at tip-off); Gators are 0-5

*Nine of UF’s 11 SEC games have been decided by 8 points or less

*Overall UF has played 13 games decided by 10 points or less (6-7)

*Jaterra Bonds has led UF in scoring in 6 of its SEC games

 

Additional Hoopla for Sunday’s Game

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

 

*BEAT GEORGIA Tank Giveaway: The first 500 fans will receive free BEAT GEORGIA frat tanks!

 

*Shands Day:  There will be $1 admission for all Shands employees (with proof of Shands employment).

 

*Rowdy Reptiles Check-In: Students with a valid Gator 1 ID can check in inside Gate 3 of the O’Connell Center for this 4-point Rowdy Reptiles check-in!

 

 

 

 

For all of the latest information on Florida women’s basketball:

Official Website: www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FloridaWomensBasketball

Twitter: @GatorZoneWBK  and  @CoachButlerUF 

 

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