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Antoinette Bannister had 7 points and 4 assists in the win. (photo: Joseph Feldman)

Sunday November 17, 2013Kayla Lewis Nets 21 Points in Win at Kennesaw State, 83-62

Kennesaw, GA

Antoinette Bannister had 7 points and 4 assists in the win. (photo: Joseph Feldman)

Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) couldn’t have asked for a better birthday, as she scored a game-high 21 points and Florida defeated Kennesaw State, 83-62, at the KSU Convocation Center on Sunday afternoon.

 

Lewis was playing in front of a large gathering of family and friends, who made the 25-mile trip from her hometown of Decatur. Several members of the Atlanta Gator Club also were in attendance, cheering Florida onto its first road win of the year.

 

 

POSTGAME VIDEO: Head coach Amanda Butler, Kayla Lewis and Cassie Peoples

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·         YouTube: http://youtu.be/ALztVMpL2Kc

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After the Owls trimmed UF’s lead to six points, 28-22, late in the first half, Jaterra Bonds, who finished with 18 points, six rebounds and five assists, knocked down a three-pointer and sparked a 17-6 run over a 5:26 span that gave the Gators a 45-28 lead with 41 seconds remaining in the half.

 

KSU scored the final for points of the period, as Florida held the 45-32 halftime advantage after hitting an impressive 59.4 percent (19-32) from the field.

 

Lewis netted the first four points of the second half and Bonds added a bucket that forced KSU into an early timeout. The Owls responded with the game’s next six points, but Bonds halted the spree with a three-point play and added other bucket as Florida regained the 18-point cushion and never looked back.

 

Freshman Ronni Williams contributed 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, as Florida converted 56.9 percent of its shots during the game. Sophomore January Miller tallied 13 points, while Antoinette Bannister added seven points and Cassie Peoples six with a game-high 8 assists and four steals.

 

Kennesaw State held the distinct 41-29 rebounding advantage that included 19 offensive boards, paced by Kristina Wells’ 11 to accompany her 16 points.

 

 

Quotes from the Court:

“Our post players really did a great job of establishing the low block for us. The battle of the paint was probably a draw because they did a great job on the boards. You have to give Kennesaw a lot of credit when they hustled and flew around and gave themselves second opportunities. That’s something we have to do a better job of.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on the post play

 

“I was really proud of Kayla (Lewis) and Ronni (Williams) the way they secured the low block for us. They seemed to score at will. They showed a great deal of composure down there and took advantage of one-on-one situations. They were real coachable tonight. Obviously, Kayla and Ronni did a good job of calling for the ball. It was something we were talking about in timeouts and in our huddles. They really followed our game plan. It was good execution.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on the Gator’s post tandem

 

“Kayla did a great job of just keeping it simple and playing fundamental low-block offense which is not something we ask her to do a lot. I thought she did a great job of adjusting to the opportunity. We also had a lot of Gators with assists and did a really good job of throwing the ball in there to them.” – Butler on Kayla Lewis’s play

 

“Winning on the road is rarely going to be pretty, but that rebounding battle on the road is crucial. We shot the ball really well because we took high-percentage shots. We didn’t shoot especially well from three tonight and did a good job of going away from that and making it count on the block. Rebounding is something we have to continue to work on, our attention to detail on our box-outs. We were just way too relaxed as rebounders tonight.” – Butler on the Gators being outrebounded, 41-29

 

 

Updated Records:

·         Florida 3-1

·         Kennesaw State 1-3

 

 

Series Update:

·         Florida leads Kennesaw State, 1-0

 

 

Peach State Gators

·         Kayla Lewis is a native of Decatur, located just 25 miles from Kennesaw, Ga., while Christin Mercer hails from Douglasville, just 21 miles away.

·         Lewis, the 2010 Miss Georgia Basketball, helped Southwest DeKalb High School capture the Class 4A Georgia state championship her final three seasons. Lewis also was the 2010 Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year.

·         Mercer graduated from Douglas County High School in May of 2012, after leading the Lady Tigers to a 26-3 overall record that included an 18-0 mark in 5-AAAAA region play which resulted in the region title. Mercer was named 2011 and 2012 Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State First Team Class AAAA.

 

 

Numbers of Note:

·         Kalya Lewis, who celebrated her 22nd birthday today, played in her 60th career game

·         Jaterra Bonds recorded her 60th career double-figure scoring game

·         January Miller topped the 250-career point plateau during the game

 

 

TEAM Streaks:

·         The Gators extended their consecutive games streak of hitting at least one three-pointer to 102

 

 

INDIVIDUAL Streaks:

·         Jaterra Bonds started her 74th consecutive game (4th longest streak in program history; 3rd is 76 by Talatha Bingham, 1996-99)

·         January Miller scored in her team-leading 33rd consecutive game

·         Jaterra Bonds scored in double-figures for the 14th consecutive game

 

 

 

Next Game:

Florida State (3-0) at Florida (3-1)

Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373) * Gainesville, Fla.

Thu., Nov. 21, 2013 * 5 p.m.

Game 1 of a Gator Basketball double-header

 

Florida State defeated Prairie View A&M at home on Sunday, 88-37

 

Game Coverage & More!

·         Radio: LIVE on ESPN850 WRUF-AM in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

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

·         Television: none

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

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru www.GatorZone.com (FREE)

·         Tickets: Single-game tickets for women's basketball on doubleheader days will be available to purchase until halftime. Fans will have the option to purchase either a men's ticket that will get them into both games or only a women's ticket valid through the conclusion of the women's game. A men’s basketball ticket must be purchased to stay for the men’s basketball game.

·         Women’s Single-Game 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 parking garage

 

 

Opening Tip

·         Thursday’s game will be the 70th meeting between the two women’s basketball programs

·         The current 69-game series against Florida State is the longest for the Gators against any other team

·         Florida leads the all-time series, 41-28, however Florida State has won 7 of the last 10 meetings

·         The Gators have won 17 consecutive home non-conference games, with the last loss on Nov. 17, 2009 to the Seminoles, 66-62. The current streak is tied for the third longest in program history

·         Florida is 50-5 at home against non-conference opponents under Coach Amanda Butler

·         The Gators have won their last four games against in-state foes

 

 

 

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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