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Jaterra Bonds with 10 points with 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals in the season-opener.

Saturday November 9, 2013Women's Hoops Returns to Action Sunday, Hosts North Florida at 2 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

Jaterra Bonds with 10 points with 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals in the season-opener.



Florida returns to the court less than 48 hours after its season-opening victory and welcomes North Florida to the O’Connell Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

 

Series History

·         UF leads North Florida, 3-0, including last years 77-44 victory

·         All 3 prior meetings have been in Gainesville

·         Gators are 35-8 all-time vs. Atlantic Sun Conference teams, 11-2 under Coach Amanda Butler

 

 

Last Years Meeting: Nov. 19, 2013

·         Carlie Needles scored a career-high 27 points all coming off a program-record nine three-pointers and Florida earned an impressive 74-44 win against North Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

·         With 1:24 to play in the contest, Needles hit her ninth and final shot from long distance and finished 9-of-17 on the night, making her just the fifth player in Southeastern Conference women’s basketball history to make nine three-point baskets in a single game and tying her for the second-most threes in a game by an SEC women’s basketball player.

 

·         Needles broke a 20-year Florida Gator record held by Bridget Pettis, who drained eight three-pointers versus Georgia on Jan. 20, 1993.

 

 

Last TimeOut

·         The Gators launched their 40th season of varsity competition with a 93-65 victory against Bethune-Cookman on Friday evening. Seven of the eight Gators who suited up, scored in double-figures, paced by freshman Ronni Williams’ 15 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.

 

·         North Florida dropped a 79-39 road decision at Miami on Friday. Junior Destinee Smith led the Ospreys with 10 points, while Paulina Zaveckaite collected seven rebounds.

 

 

Quite a Debut

·         Ronni Williams posted a double-double in her first collegiate game and became just the second Gator freshman to do so since Nov. 20, 1981, when All-American and U.S. Olympian Tammy Jackson netted 13 points and 12 rebounds against Virginia.

·         Williams’ 17 rebounds are the most ever by a player in their Gator debut, topping the 13 boards collected by junior Courtney Cooper on Nov. 16, 2001, and sophomore Benita Locklear on Dec. 4, 1976.

 

 

Non-SEC Home Games

·         The Gators boast an impressive 49-5 home record against non-conference teams under head coach Amanda Butler.

 

 

Gators vs. Florida Foes

·         Florida has won its last three games against its fellow Sunshine State opponents.

·         The Gators are scheduled to play at least 3 games this year versus instate foes: Bethune-Cookman, W, 93-65), North Florida (Nov. 10) and Florida State (Nov. 21); as well as a possible meeting against FIU (Dec. 21) that could come in the annual Gator Holiday Classic.

 

 

Quotes from the Court:

“In these first couple games, you want to set the tone, as a rebounder, as a teammate, as a communicator, in how your warm-up. It’s all the little things that build up.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on early-season games

 

“We have another fantastic challenge on Sunday. That will be a unique challenge for us to have tomorrow to prepare and then we have to lace them up and play again. We have to have a lot of mental preparation. We won’t be able to do as much physical preparation but that’s going to be a great challenge for us and we’ll be ready.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on the short turnaround of playing two games in less than 48 hours so early in the season

 

“I’ll hit fast-forward on the preparation for North Florida. I’ll watch film and since North Florida played at Miami on

Friday we’ll have at least a little film to watch on this year’s team. It’s so early in the season that our game plan has got to be more about us and what we want to do. We have to be stubborn and determined about our objectives about what we want to do and not let theirs into the equation.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on specific preparations for North Florida

 

 

North Florida (0-1) at Florida (1-0)

Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373)

Gainesville, Fla.

Sun., Nov. 10, 2013 * 2p.m.

 

Game Notes (PDF):

·         Florida: http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women/stats/notes/pre/20131110140000.pdf

 

·         North Florida: http://www.unfospreys.com/sports/2011/11/9/WBB_1109112736.aspx?id=272

 

 

Game Coverage & More!

Radio: LIVE on WGGG-AM (1230) in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

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

Internet Video: LIVE on www.Gatorvision.tv (subscription)

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

Television: none

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

Tickets: FREE to those with VANDERBILT football ticket stub; $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

·         UF has won 16 consecutive home games vs. non-conference teams (fourth-longest streak in UF history)

·         UF is 3-0 vs. North Florida, including last year’s 74-44 decision

·         Gators have won last 3 games vs. in-state foes

·         the first 500 fans will receive a commemorative drinking glass celebrating 40 seasons of varsity Florida Women’s Basketball

 

 

Additional Hoopla for Today’s Game

·         Football Ticket Promotion: Stick around town following the Vanderbilt football game on Saturday. Show your football ticket at the ticket windows on game day and receive FREE admission to the game.

·         Faith and Family Sunday: Fans who bring a church bulletin will receive 2-for-1 general admission seating.

·         40th Season Commemorative Drinking Glass: The first 500 fans will receive a commemorative drinking glass celebrating 40 seasons of Florida Women’s Basketball.

 

 

 

 

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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