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Sophomore Christin Mercer posted the second double-double of her career. (Joshua Thurston)

Wednesday December 4, 2013Gators Top 100-Point Mark for First Time since Dec. 2000, Earn Win at Troy

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Sophomore Christin Mercer posted the second double-double of her career. (Joshua Thurston)

Florida’s January Miller (Orlando, Fla.) and Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) both scored 22 points, as five Gators posted a double-figure scoring effort in the team’s 104-74 victory against Troy at Trojan Arena on Wednesday evening.

 

Florida, which topped the century mark for the first time in a game since Dec. 28, 2000, vs. Tennessee State (100-54), next has a 13-day break before its next game, turning its attention to final exams before playing host to St. Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 17 at the O’Connell Center.

 

Miller hit 7-of-17 shots en route to a career-high 22 points and added a career-best 8 rebounds and four assists with zero turnovers.

 

Bonds posted her fourth 20-point game of the season and tacked on five rebounds and five assists.

 

Cassie Peoples (San Antonio, Texas) made the most of her first collegiate start with a career-high 17 points and five assists, connecting on all 8 of her free throw attempts.

 

Carlie Needles (Highlands Ranch, Col.) tied her season-high of 11 points, nailing three three-pointers and coming away with three steals, while Christin Mercer (Douglasville, Ga.) added 11 points and a career-high12 rebounds for her first double-double this season and the second of her career.

 

Joining Mercer on the boards was junior Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.), who collected a career-high 15 boards with 8 points, as Florida won the rebounding battle, 56-49.

 

Florida started out slow offensively, connecting on just one of its first seven field goals. The Gators heated up quickly, however, and nailed six of its next seven field goals that ignited a 21-0 outburst during a 3:44 span early in the game that proved to be the difference.

 

The Trojans cut the Gator’s lead to 14 points twice, but Florida countered the second time with a 9-0 run and took a commanding 41-19 halftime lead.

 

 

Key Run of the Game

·         Trailing 11-8 early, the Gators ripped off a game-changing 21-0 over a 3:44 span that gave them a 29-11 lead with 12:09 remaining in the first half.

·         Jaterra bonds scored 8 points during the run, while January Miller added 7 points, Lily Svete and Carlie Needles three apiece.

 

Career Night

·         January Miller scored a career-high 22 points (was 19); she also had a career-best 8 rebounds (was 7)

·         Cassie Peoples scored a career-high 17 points (was 12)

·         Kayla Lewis collected a career-high 15 rebounds (was 12)

·         Christin Mercer collected a career-high 12 rebounds (was 11)

 

Numbers of Note

·         Florida topped the 100-point plateau for the first time since Dec. 28, 2000 in a 100-54 win vs. Tennessee State

·         The Gators earned their third win away from Gainesville (second true road victory)

·         Christin Mercer recorded her first double-double of the season and the second of her career (10 points, 12 rebounds)

·         Jaterra Bonds logged her fourth 20-point game of the year and ninth of her career

·         Carlie Needles scored a season-high 11 points

 

Streaks

·         January Miller scored in her 38th consecutive game, the longest-active streak by a Gator

·         Jaterra Bonds started her 79th consecutive game

·         Jaterra Bonds scored in double-figures for the 19th consecutive game

·         Cassie Peoples made all eight of her free throw attempts and extended her made streak to a career-long 19 (is 27-28 this season)

 

Gator Starting ‘5’

·         The Gators used their fourth different starting lineup: Williams, Bonds, Peoples, Lewis, Svete

·         Sophomore Cassie Peoples started her first collegiate game

·         Freshman Ronni Williams started the second game of her career

·         Senior Jaterra Bonds started her 79th straight game; 92nd of her career

·         Senior Lily Svete started her 24th straight game; 42nd of her career

·         Junior Kayla Lewis started her 9th straight game; 37th of career

 

Updated Records: Florida 6-3 … Troy 3-4

 

Quotes from the Court

“We have to give Troy a lot of credit for that, not because of their lack of defense, but because of the type of game they play. The tempo really lended itself for us getting up and down the floor and that’s what our team enjoys doing, as well. When you have two teams that really like to attack, there are probably going to be a lot of points scored.” – UF head coach Amanda Butler on scoring 104 points in the game

 

“I’m really, really proud of the way January (Miller) played, having no turnovers and one foul, 22 points and 8 rebounds – that’s a pretty amazing stat line. We really challenged her to come off the bench and play a really disciplined, smart game and not pick up early fouls like she had been doing because we want her to be on the floor more. I’m just really, really proud of the way she responded to that.” – Coach Butler on sophomore guard January Miller

 

“This was a great team effort. Any time you have more assists that turnovers than you know that we have probably done a lot of the things that we wanted to in the ball game.” – Butler on the assist (19) to turnover (14) ratio tonight

 

“It seemed like we were leaving Ashley (Beverly-Kelley) open. We let number four score instead of Harden. In all seriousness, we paid a lot of attention to (Harden) and I have to give our team a lot of credit for the focus they had on where she was, communicating it, making sure she shot contested shots. We knew she was going to get a lot of attempts because she’s that type of player. We did a good job of finding her and making her take tough shots. She’s a great scorer. It’s a great defense effort to be able to hold her to 12 points.” – Butler on holding Troy’s Joanna Harden to 12 points (entered game as nation’s fourth-leading scorer at 26.3 ppg)

 

 

Next Game

Florida plays host to St. Francis (Pa.)

Tue., December 17 * 6 p.m. EST

Stephen C. O’Connell Center * Gainesville, Fla.

 

 

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