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Coach Butler liked the Gator's intensity and focus.

Tuesday October 1, 2013The Gator are Off and Running, First Practice in the Books

Gainesville, Fla.

Coach Butler liked the Gator's intensity and focus.

The University of Florida women’s basketball team held its first official team practice of the 2013-14 season, with the initial drill getting underway at 4 p.m. on the Terry Frost Practice Court inside the Basketball Complex.


All 10 Gators suited up and were ‘full go’ for the inaugural practice of head coach Amanda Butler’s seventh season leading her alma mater.


Sophomore January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) earned the Brickhouse Award for today’s practice.



What’s the Brickhouse Award?

It’s an award given to one Gator following each practice and game based on 6 things tracked, such as hustle plays tips, how well a player communicated and charges.




Video: Coach Butler and January Miller



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Quotes from the Day:

“I thought (the first practice) looked in a lot of ways what we expected. There was great energy. I liked our intensity and our focus. There are a lot of things to clean up, but I loved the starting point.” – Head Coach Amanda Butler




Season-Opener a Homecoming Affair:

The Gators play host to Bethune-Cookman on Fri., Nov. 8 at 5:15 p.m. in the O’Connell Center. It’s the second game of a Gator Basketball double-header, with the men’s team facing North Florida at 3 p.m.


Those events help kick-off the school’s annual football homecoming activities, with the Homecoming Parade starting at noon along University Avenue.


The O’Connell Center parking lot will open at 2 p.m. following the parade to fans attending the basketball games. Details on a shuttle will be available in the near future.


Gator Growl, the largest student-run pep rally in the nation, begins at 7 p.m. inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, with featured performances by The Fray, Sister Hazel and New Directions Veterans Choir.


On Saturday, the Gator football team plays host to Vanderbilt at a time to be announced.


The women’s hoops team will encourage Gator fans to keep their Orange & Blue spirit high and attend its game on Sunday against North Florida at 2 p.m. to cap an event-filled weekend.



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