Sunday November 10, 2013Jaterra Bonds' 25 Points Leads Well-Rounded Gator Offense to Win Over North Florida, 88-77
Senior Jaterra Bonds scored a career-high 25 points in the win.
University of Florida senior Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) recorded a career-high 25 points and a career-high-tying nine assists along with seven rebounds while leading a well-balanced Gator offense to an 88-77 victory over North Florida on Sunday afternoon at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Five Gators tallied double-digit scoring efforts, including junior Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.), who scored a season-high 16 points to give her 400 career points. Lewis also pulled down a team-leading nine rebounds and stole a career-high five balls. Senior Lily Svete (Granger, Ind.) added 12 points off of a season-high-tying four treys, all of which came in the first quarter and aided in boosting the Gators’ offense early on. Sophomores Cassie Peoples (San Antonio, Texas) and January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) notched 11 and 10 points, respectively, to round out the double-figure scoring for Florida.
North Florida was led by Destinee Smith with 18 points.
VIDEO (FREE) Postgame Press Conference: Coach Butler, Jaterra Bonds & Kayla Lewis
Turning Point: The Gators led by double-digits for most of the first half, but North Florida pulled within three, 57-54, with 13:39 on the clock in the second stanza. However, Jaterra Bonds hit a pair of free throws and sparked a 13-1 run and the Gators took a 70-55 lead and held UNF at bay by at least nine points for the remainder of the game.
Stat Line of the Game: Jaterra Bonds scored a career-high 25 points, bolstered by a 7-of-9 performance from the charity stripe, and dished out a career-high-tying nine assists and added seven rebounds
· Florida improves to 2-0 on the season as UNF falls to 0-2
· Florida leads the series against North Florida, 4-0
Numbers of Note:
· Kayla Lewis used a layup with 1:22 left on the clock to score her 400th career point
· Coach Butler is now 50-5 all-time against non-conference opponents at home
· Today’s match-up was the ninth time under Butler that five Gators have scored in double figures
· The Gators nailed 10 3-pointers on the afternoon, giving UF back-to-back games with double figure treys for the first time since 2009. The Gators hit 13 on Feb. 1 at Arkansas and 11 on Feb. 5 at Alabama
· Bonds is now one 3-pointer shy of 100 in her career
· Freshman Ronni Williams fouled out for the first time as a Gator today
· North Florida committed 27 turnovers that Florida converted into 31 points
· The Ospreys won the rebounding battle, 43-30, collecting 14 on the offensive end
· Jaterra Bonds’ 25 points marked her first 20-point game of the season and sixth of her career as well as her second double-digit game of the season and the 58th of her career
· Kayla Lewis’ 16 points marked her first double-digit output of the season and the 17th of her career
· Lily Svete scored 12 points to notch her second double-figure game of the season and ninth of her career
· Cassie Peoples tallied 11 points for her second season and career double-digit effort
· January Miller used 10 points to record her second double-figure game of the season and 10th overall
· Florida has won 17 consecutive non-conference home games, tying the fourth-longest streak in program history
· The Gators have hit at least one 3-pointer in 100 consecutive games
· The Gators have won their last four games against other teams from the state of Florida
· Jaterra Bonds has started 72 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in program history
· January Miller has scored in 31 consecutive games, dating back to last season
· Jaterra Bonds has scored in 27 consecutive games, dating back to last season
· Carlie Needles has scored in 5 consecutive games, dating back to last season
· Jaterra Bonds has recorded 12 consecutive double-figure scoring games, dating back to last season
Quotes from the Court:
Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler
“Obviously, I’m pleased that we won and I think that this team has a ton of room to grow. We definitely saw a lot of areas tonight. Certainly the bright side is feeling like you played really, really poorly and still being able to win. I think that’s probably how we’d all describe how we played tonight.”
On today’s game vs. Friday’s season-opening game:
“North Florida did a fantastic job of bouncing back from a very tough loss on Friday night and I thought they really challenged us in the paint a lot differently than we were challenged on Friday night. Quite frankly, we didn’t handle it very well. To be out rebounded that sort of way on your home floor is something that definitely that got our attention.”
On defensive performance:
“Consistently, we just didn’t play the defensive game we needed to. There were too many spikes; too much up and down and you celebrate plays with the turnovers, but there wasn’t a consistent level of defensive pride in the way that we played.”
On how to fix getting outrebounded:
“I think the first thing you do as an individual is take accountability for the part in that you didn’t play your role, you didn’t do your job. I think that’s a shared blame across the board. At the same time, I think it’s a level of intensity. There are so many coaching clichés that you could throw out there about defensive rebounding and I think they’re all true.”
On UNF team and coach:
“I thought Mary did a great job of managing the game in the way she called timeouts and I have to credit their team in the way they responded and the adjustments they were making as well.”
North Florida Head Coach Mary Tappmeyer
“I’m really pleased with how our team competed and battled tonight. We took a hard one on Friday, and I thought we really came in here and met the challenge that we gave the kids to compete for 40 minutes, and I thought they did a really good job. I’m really excited about the turnaround we made and the ability to compete against a team at the highest levels. That speaks pretty highly of us and the potential for what’s going to happen when we get into conference.”
On what areas the Ospreys excelled in today:
“I think we rebounded the ball pretty well, and I thought, for the most part, we had some pretty solid defense. We had a couple of miscues late down the stretch, but with Florida’s dribble drive and their five out, and with us playing with two bigs on the floor, we’ve got some pretty versatile posts that can get out and guard on the perimeter. I thought we rebounded the ball really well, and we haven’t had a lot of opportunity to work on late game execution, but I was really pleased, probably most with the rebounding. We shot the b all much better tonight. We shot 23 percent at Miami. We shot the ball much better tonight, and it’s just going to help with our confidence.”
On Destinee Smith’s performance:
“Destinee is really coming into her own her junior year. She’s taken a lot of leadership role, but I’ve always nicknamed her “IO” as instant offense. She’s a very confident offensive player. She’s the one that wants to take the big shot when the money’s on the line, and you have to have at least one kid on your team that wants to do it. She wants to do it a lot, but she also shares the ball, but Destinee really has stepped up. She stepped up at Miami. She stepped up here, and coming into her junior season, that’s pretty exciting to see.”
Florida’s Next Game:
Florida at Virginia Tech
Cassell Coliseum (9,847) * Blacksburg, Va.
Thu., Nov. 14, 2013 * 7 p.m.
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* UF leads the series versus Virginia Tech, 2-0
* First meeting between Gators and Hokies since March 16, 1998, in NCAA First Round game played in Gainesville
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