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The Gators play Illinois State on Friday at 1 p.m. ET

Thursday November 28, 2013Gators Play Illinois State in Opening Round of Junkanoo Jam on Friday

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Island

The Gators play Illinois State on Friday at 1 p.m. ET

Florida spends its Thanksgiving holiday on the Grand Bahama Island, where the Gators play two games in the highly-competitive Junkanoo Jam.


Florida (4-2) meets Illinois State (0-3) in the first round on Friday at 1 p.m. EST, while No. 13/14-ranked Penn State (3-1) and Oregon State (4-0) compete in the other first round contest. Championship and consolation games will be played Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., respectively.


The radio broadcast of Friday’s game can be heard live in Gainesville on ESPN850 WRUF-AM, as well as for free through the internet at There will not be any live internet scoring or video for any of the tournament games.


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Quick Turnaround

·         Florida played St. John’s on Tuesday evening game and the Gators were on a bus at 4:40 a.m. (!!) on Wednesday to begin their travel to the Bahamas to compete in the Junkanoo Jam.


Jammin’ for the Third Time

·         This is the third time the Gators are competing in the Junkanoo Jam.

·         The Gators captured the conch shelled trophy in November of 2008, when they defeated Southern Illinois (67-56) and Arizona State (65-60).

·         Florida won the consolation game in November of 2004, first falling to Iowa (65-62), before defeating Akron (77-38) in Freeport on Grand Bahamas Island.


As the Crow Flies

The Bahamas is ...

·         309 miles from ... Gainesville, Fla.

·         983 miles from ... State College, Pa.

·         1,120 miles from ... Normal, Ill.

·         2,758 miles from ... Corvallis, Ore.


The Series

·         Friday will be the first meeting between Florida and Illinois State

·         The Gators are 1-1 against both Oregon State and Penn State


Quick Scout

·         Illinois State, under first-year coach Barb Smith, lost its first two games of the year on the road and dropped a 76-61 decision to Colorado State at home on Nov. 23.

·         Oregon State features one of the highest-scoring offenses in the country, averaging 92.0 points per game through four contests. The Beavers lowest output this season was 80 points against CSU Bakersfield, which managed just 49. Seven players average more than 8 points per game, led by Sydney Wiese’s 12.5 points per game, as she has hit 11-22 from three-point range.

·         Penn State senior guard Maggie Lucas is one of the best scorers and shooters in the country, connecting on 22.8 points per game, hitting 10-25 (40%) from the three-point arc and 27-28 (96.4%) from the free throw line. Lucas has over 1,900 career points.


Last TimeOut

·         January Miller scored 17 points and led a trio of Gators in double- figure scoring, as Florida defeated St. John’s, 72-68, on Tue., Nov. 26. Florida will have had 3 days of rest before Friday’s game.

·         Illinois State’s most recent game was a 76-61 home loss to Colorado State on Sat., Nov. 23. The Redbirds will have had 6 days of rest before Friday’s contest.

·         Oregon State’s most recent game was a 92-54 home win against Loyola Marymount on Thu., Nov. 21. The Beavers will have had 8 days of rest before Friday’s game.

·         Penn State’s most recent game was a 92-49 thumping of Bucknell on Wed., Nov. 20. The Lady Lions will have had 9 days off before playing the Beavers.


Who’s Hot?

·         January Miller has been UF’s leading scorer in each of its last two games, netting a career-best 19 points against Florida State and 17 points versus St. John’s. She is sinking 56 percent of her shots during the last two games.


Bonds, Jaterra Bonds

·         Senior Jaterra Bonds is doing it all with 16.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals, while hitting 33-of-38 free throws.


Rookie Review

·         Freshman Ronni Williams is averaging 10.0 points on 51.0 percent shooting, along with a team-leading 7.8 rebounds per game. She logged the second double-double of her young career with 14 points and 12 rebounds against Florida State on Nov. 21.


Everyone Scores!

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


Stat Check:


Points Per Game: 77.2

Scoring Defense: 69.8

Scoring Margin: +7.3

Rebounding Margin: -3.8

FG%: 43.5%

3FG%: 33.1%

FT%: 66.9%


Gator Leaders

Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 16.5 ppg

Rebounding: Ronni Williams, 7.8 rpg

Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.8 apg


Illinois State

Points Per Game: 58.7

Scoring Defense: 72.3

Scoring Margin: -13.7

Rebounding Margin: +6.3

FG%: 41.0%

3FG%: 28.3%

FT%: 61.7%


Redbird Leaders

Scoring: Chloe Nelson, 15.3 ppg

Rebounding: Octavia Crump, 8.0 rpg

Assists: Chloe Nelson, 3.0 apg


Quotes from the Court

“I think Illinois State is a team that’s very hungry and is very well-coach. They have some dynamic scorers, in particular their perimeter players who can pose some significant challenges that I hope we can handle. They shoot the ball really well and can really spread you out with as many people they have out on the perimeter. Also, their players inside can step out so we really have to play great team defense.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on Illinois State


“I’ve absolutely been pleased with our focus. I was really, really pleased with our practice yesterday (Wednesday). We focused more on Florida during yesterday’s practice and making corrections from our game against St. John’s. Even though we won, we had some big defensive breakdowns in execution and big breakdowns in guarding dribble penetration and I really feel good about the work we put in yesterday. Today, we’ll follow up with more of a scout-specific practice and getting ready for Illinois State.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on the Gator’s focus in the Bahama atmosphere



Illinois State (0-3) vs. Florida (4-2)

St. Georges High School Gym (1,200) * Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

Fri., Nov. 29, 2013 * 1 p.m. ET

* Junkanoo Jam First Round *



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Game Coverage & More!

Radio: LIVE on ESPN850 WRUF-AM (Nov. 29) in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

Internet Audio: LIVE thru (FREE)

Television: none

Internet Video: none

Internet Scoring: none


Opening Tip

·         This Thanksgiving weekend’s event is the third time the Gators have participated in the Junkanoo Jam (2004 & 2008)

·         Florida is 3-1 all-time playing in the Bahamas

·         Friday will be the first meeting between Florida and Illinois State

·         The Gators are 1-1 all-time versus both Oregon State & Penn State



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