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The Gators carry an 18-game home winning streak vs. non-SEC opponents into Thursday's game.

Wednesday November 20, 2013Gators Host Florida State Thursday in 70th Series Meeting

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators carry an 18-game home winning streak vs. non-SEC opponents into Thursday's game.

Florida plays host to Florida State in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Thursday at 5 p.m., in the 70th meeting between the two programs.


The game is the first half of a Gator basketball doubleheader, as the UF men’s team plays host to Middle Tennessee beginning at 7:30 p.m.




·         Florida – 3-1

·         Florida State – 3-0



The Series

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

·         Last year’s 98-67 decision was FSU’s second-largest margin of victory in the series



Last TimeOut

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

·         The Seminoles raced out to a 50-10 halftime lead and never looked back in their 88-37 route of Prairie View A&M on Sunday. Freshman Brittany Brown scored a game-high 24 points, while freshman Ivey Slaughter and sophomore transfer Morgan Jones both logged double-doubles.



Gator Upperclassmen Stepping Up

·         Seniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete and junior Kayla Lewis are UF’s top-three offensive leaders through the first four games.

·         Bonds is doing it all with 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals, while hitting 23-of-28 free throws.

·         Lewis, who is coming off a 21-point performance at Kennesaw State, is averaging 13.0 point and 7.3 rebounds, while sinking 70.4 percent (19-27) from the floor.

·         Svete has carried the long-range load, knocking down 12-of-28 from beyond the arc en route to 10.0 points per game. She canned four treys in each of the first four games.



Rookie Review

·         Freshman Ronni Williams is averaging 10.0 points on 58.1 percent shooting, along with a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game



Everyone Scores!

·         In all four games this season, every Gator who suited up for the game, scored in the game!



Non-SEC Home Games

·         The Gators boast an impressive 50-5 home record against non-conference teams under head coach Amanda Butler.

·         Florida’s last home loss to a non-SEC foe was on Nov. 17, 2009, to Florida State (66-62)



Gators vs. Florida Foes

·         Florida has won its last four 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 (W, 88-77) and Florida State (Nov. 21); as well as a possible meeting against FIU (Dec. 21) that could come in the annual Gator Holiday Classic.



Stat Lines


·         Points Per Game: 80.8

·         Scoring Defense: 68.8

·         Scoring Margin: +12.0

·         Rebounding Margin: -3.5

·         FG%: 46.2%

·         3FG%: 32.6%

·         FT%: 71.6%


Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Bonds, 18.5

·         Rebounding: Williams, 7.8

·         Assists: Bonds, 5.5


Florida State

·         Points Per Game: 81.3

·         Scoring Defense: 51.3

·         Scoring Margin: +30.0

·         Rebounding Margin: +7.0

·         FG%: 50.3%

·         3FG%: 25.0%

·         FT%: 64.6%


Seminole Leaders

·         Scoring: Brown, 18.0

·         Rebounding: 2 with 8.0

·         Assists: Delgado, 5.7




Quotes from the Court

·         “We’re excited about the opportunity to build on what we’ve seen through four games. We play a lot of games and these great tests early on in the season are really important for us. We’re finding out more and more about ourselves.” – Butler on the opening two weeks of the season


·         “We have a very, very good Florida State coming here on Thursday. We’ve had a few days to get ready, work on some things, change some things and do all we can to prepare for that battle.” – Butler on preparing for this week’s game


·         “That was probably the worst game we played all year, if we’re able to look at the season that way. We’re also a very different team last year and I’m sure that for some of our returners, that game is stuck in their memories. Who we are this year is very different and that’s what we’re going to be more concerned with.” – Butler on last year’s game against FSU, which won 98-67


·         “It’s a special game, no question, whether it’s played here or there, who has more seniors, who’s favored – all those things go out the window. We have to bring our best basketball to compete with them, for sure.” – Butler on the FSU rivalry


·         “There are some familiar faces and they have some freshmen who are playing some important roles and who we are very familiar with because we recruited them. Natasha Howard is one of the best players in the country and she’s returning. Delgado, their point guard, does a great job of running their team. They have some transfer players who sat out. One of those is Morgan Jones, who is a really tall, versatile player. They have a lot of weapons at a lot of different positions. They are a very good zone, defensive team and have great size, three through five and are pretty interchangeable, too. They can put some pressure on you in transition. They have some big play players, great size and are very well coached. There are a lot of different sides to them that we have to be ready for on Thursday.”- Butler on the differences between this year’s and last year’s Florida State team


·         “What we seem to focus on and be concerned with in our preparation, for example during at Virginia Tech we were really concerned about the way they could rebound and then we went out and rebounded them. But then there were other areas of our game that weren’t as tight as they needed to be. That’s been a little bit of our struggle. When we spend a lot of time on one thing, we do a great job of handling that, but then another area lets down. We’ve got to do a better job across the board of play and a high level of consistency from game to game and even from half to half.

“There have been a lot of bright spots – our balance. We have a team that’s capable of scoring a lot of points every night so that’s fun. Our leadership has been tremendous. There’s been a whole lot of talk about how few people we have and what’s that going to look like and how are we are going to change. Our energy has been tremendous and that’s something I’ve been really, really proud of. There have been a lot of positives. We just have to have carry-over from half to half, from game to game, from practice court to the playing court and we have to be able to do that in more than one or two specified areas. We have to playing more complete ball.” – Butler on her observations of the Gators through four games



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 Gator Basketball Doubleheader*



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·         Florida State:



Opening Tip

·         70th meeting between the two women’s basketball programs

·         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.

·         Florida is 50-5 at home vs. non-conference opponents under Butler Amanda Butler


Game Coverage & More!

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

·         Internet Audio: LIVE thru (FREE)

·         Television: none

·         Internet Video: LIVE on (subscription)

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru (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 lot


Additional Hoopla for Thursday’s Game

·         Dri Fit T-Shirt: The first 500 fans will receive a Nike style Dri Fit Florida Women’s Basketball Shirt (White with Blue letters)

·         Rowdy Reptile Check-In (Double Points): This game has been designated a Rowdy Reptile check-in event. Students with a valid Gator 1 I.D. should report to Gate 2 to have their Gator 1’s scanned and earn 8 points

·         UF Faculty and Staff Meal Deal: All UF Faculty and Staff are encouraged to attend and show their Gator1 ID at the O’Connell Center ticket office on game day to receive a $5 meal deal for the game. Deal includes general admission ticket, hot dog and drink for $5. (Limit 4 per Gator1ID)



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