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Georgia native Kayla Lewis is averaging 9.0 rebounds per SEC game this year.

Saturday January 18, 2014Gators host Georgia Sunday Aiming to Return to Winning Ways

Gainesville, Fla.

Georgia native Kayla Lewis is averaging 9.0 rebounds per SEC game this year.

The Gators had their nine-game win streak snapped last Sunday at No. 12/13 LSU but had a week to regroup thanks to a midweek bye from action and return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 19 when they play host to Georgia at 1 p.m. ET in the O’Connell Center.

 

The game will be televised live by CSS/CoxSports Comcast Sports Southeast (Cox Sports airs on Ch. 259/1259 on Cox Communications in Gainesville) with Matt Stewart and Steffi Sorensen.

 

A number of great promotions are available to fans for Sunday’s game, including:

·         Family 4 Pack Sunday: Receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $20.

·         It’s Great Shirts: The first 500 fans receive a free “It’s Great” T-Shirt.

·         Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Double Points Day!: Students can earn 8 points for scanning in at Gate 1.

 

Sunday’s game will be the first of two regular-season meetings this year between the Gators and Lady Bulldogs. Florida travels to Athens on Sun., Feb. 16 for the second matchup.

 

A Break in the Action

·         The Gators had their first of two breaks from competition during the SEC schedule on Thur., Jan. 16.

 

Preseason Chatter

·         The SEC coaches and members of the media both selected Florida to finish 10th in the league standings in their respective preseason polls.

·         Georgia was picked to finish seventh by the coaches and sixth by media.

 

Gator Watch

·         Three eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (16.7 ppg), January Miller (11.5 ppg) and Cassie Peoples (11.5 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.6 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 6.3 per game mark.

·         Bonds is dishing 4.2 assists per game, with Peoples handing out 3.6.

·         Four different eligible Gators have recorded at least 20 steals en route to the team’s 10.7 per game average, with Peoples collecting 30, Bonds and Miller 29 and Carlie Needles 21.

 

The Series vs. Georgia

·         The 62-game series is the second-longest versus one opponent in UF history (70 games vs. Florida State).

·         Georgia holds a commanding 48-14 lead in the series against Florida.

·         The Gators have won 10 of their 14 games in the series in Gainesville.

·         Georgia rode a nine-game win streak in the series from 2004 to 2008. Since that dominating Bulldog run, the matchups have been a bit less-lopsided, with UG winning six of the last 10, including the last two outings.

·         Eight of the last nine games have been decided by nine points or less.

·         Four of the 14 Florida wins have come under the direction of Amanda Butler.

 

Quick Scout - Georgia

·         The Lady Bulldogs defeated Arkansas, 60-58, on Thursday for their first league win of the season.

·         Georgia started 0-4 in the SEC for the first time in program history, falling at Vanderbilt, to Tennessee, at Missouri and to Texas A&M.

·         UG posted a 12-1 non-conference record with the lone loss a 61-58 decision at Rutgers.

·         Sophomore guard Shacobia Barbee has come off the bench in the last three games and has responded with a pair of double-figure scoring games and a double-figure rebounding effort. Barbee leads UG in scoring (12.3 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and assists (3.8 apg).

 

Just Fine with Seven or Eight or Nine

·         The Gators have dressed nine players in just one game this season (vs. Florida State, Nov. 21).

·         Just seven players dressed in one game (at LSU, Jan. 12).

·         Eight Gators have suited up in the other games.

·         The timetable for the return of Antoinette Bannister is undetermined after she had surgery on Dec. 5 on her right hand to repair damages incurred during a freak play in practice on Nov. 24.

 

Last TimeOut

·         Kayla Lewis posted her third double-double of the year and sixth of her career with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds but Florida couldn’t overcome a poor first half en route to an 82-68 loss at No. 12/13 LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center Sunday afternoon.

·         Florida was able to whittle a 19-point deficit (52-33) with 15:47 remaining down to seven points with 8:16 to go and again with 7:07 remaining, but the Lady Tigers used a 9-2 run to build a 73-59 advantage with 4:49 on the clock to quell the Gator momentum.

·         The significant difference in the game was on the boards, where LSU enjoyed the overwhelming 50-29 advantage that resulted in a 26-5 second-chance point margin.

·         Florida struggled with its shot during the first half, hitting just 6-of-27 for 22.2 percent, while LSU hit 50 percent of its tries and held a commanding 23-14 rebounding advantage.

·         LSU used first-half runs of 10-0 and two different 8-0 spurts to take a solid 40-25 halftime lead.

 

Bonds, Jaterra Bonds

·         Senior Jaterra Bonds is doing it all in her final collegiate season. She leads the Gators in: scoring (16.7 ppg), assists (4.2 apg), made free throws (103) and free throw attempts (124), while hitting 44.7 percent of her shots from the floor and collecting 1.7 steals per game.

 

Quick Shots

·         Kayla Lewis has logged a double-figure REBOUNDING effort in 6 of the last 10 games. In the last three games, she is averaging 9.7 points and 11.3 rebounds.

·         Cassie Peoples has scored double-figures in eight of the last 10 games and is averaging 14.8 points during that span.

·         In the last 10 games, Carlie Needles has knocked down 17 of her 22 three-pointers this year, sinking 39.5 percent (17-43) of her tries during the run. In the first seven games, she went 5-30 (16.7%) from deep.

 

Peoples Relishes Starting Assignment

·         Since Cassie Peoples was inserted into the starting lineup on Dec. 4 at Troy, the sophomore is averaging 15.3 points, while connecting on 38.8 percent overall from the floor during the 10-game span.

 

Thrillers!

·         Eight of UF’s last 12 games have been decided by 10 points or less (6-2 record in those games).

 

Stat Row:

Florida

·         Points Per Game: 79.1

·         Scoring Defense: 69.2

·         Scoring Margin: +9.9

·         Rebounding Margin: -2.2

·         FG%: 44.3%

·         3FG%: 30.2%

·         FT%: 70.6%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 16.7

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 8.6

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.2

 

Georgia

·         Points Per Game: 67.2

·         Scoring Defense: 54.8

·         Scoring Margin: +12.4

·         Rebounding Margin: +6.6

·         FG%: 41.9%

·         3FG%: 29.2%

·         FT%: 59.0%

Lady Bulldog Leaders

·         Scoring: Shacobia Barbee, 12.3

·         Rebounding: Shacobia Barbee, 7.8

·         Assists: Shacobia Barbee, 3.8

 

 

Quotes from the Court:

UF head coach Amanda Butler on Georgia:

·         “This year’s Georgia team is just as good as any other Georgia team. Anyone who looks at their SEC record and draws conclusions is foolish. They came into the SEC season ranked 18th in the country, with only one loss that was to Rutgers, at Rutgers. They’ve played a very tough portion of the SEC schedule by already playing Tennessee, Vanderbilt Texas A&M, at Missouri and recently against Arkansas. All of those teams have been ranked at some point this year and are all very, very talented teams. We know that Georgia will come in here ready to go. Even though it’s not a national championship game, it always feels like that to us when we play them. I don’t know if they feel that way or not, but we give them that much respect. We want to beat them and we know we have to play well to do that.”

 

Butler on the midweek bye:

·         “We are in a unique situation this year when rest is very important. With as many minutes as everyone is playing and as hard as we are playing, it’s important to balance the time when we’re not playing. We maximized our week. We’ve gotten up a ton of shots. We had a chance to really clean up some things and focus on some of the things that we know have to be better. Sometimes there’s nothing better to fuel a bye week than coming off a disappointment like we had at LSU.”

 

 

Georgia (12-5, 1-4 SEC) at Florida (13-4, 3-1 SEC)

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

Sun., January 19 * 1 p.m. ET

 

Game Notes

Florida (PDF): http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women/stats/notes/pre/20140119130000.pdf

Georgia: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-baskbl/geo-w-baskbl-body.html

 

Game Coverage & More!

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

·         Internet Audio: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE) (http://www.gatorvision.tv//mediaPortal/player.dbml?&catid=0&DB_OEM_ID=6500)

·         Television: CSS/CoxSports Comcast Sports Southeast; Cox Sports airs on Ch. 259/1259 on Cox Communications in Gainesville with Matt Stewart and Steffi Sorensen

·         Internet Video: ESPN3.com (http://es.pn/WBK-UGAvsUF)

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE) (http://gatorzone.cstv.com/gametracker/launch/?event=1291037&school=fla&sport=wbaskbl)

·         Tickets: $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students (http://www.gatorzone.com/tickets/basketball-women)

·         Parking: FREE in the O’Connell Center lot

 

Additional Hoopla for the Game (Presenting sponsor: Cox)

·         Family 4 Pack Sunday: Receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $20.

·         It’s Great Shirts: The first 500 fans receive a free “It’s Great” T-Shirt.

·         Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Double Points Day!: Students can earn 8 points for scanning in at Gate 1.

·         High Five Tunnel at Team Entrance: Kids 12 and under are invited to high-five the team as it runs out of the tunnel prior to tip off

·         Student-Athlete Advisory Committee: Adopt a Team Day

·         Shoot Around with the Gators: The first 100 BackCourt Club members and Women’s Basketball season ticket holders are invited to “Shoot Around with the Gators” at 9 am. Come enjoy free breakfast, check out the team’s practice as they make final preparations for tip-off and get first-hand knowledge about the game during a chalk talk with Head Coach Amanda Butler after practice. RSVP by e-mailing Nolan Gauvreau (NolanG@Gators.ufl.edu).

·         Campus Challenge: Elite 8: Campus Challenge is back for the 2014 conference season. Students of participating residence halls will have a chance to win great prizes throughout the tournament. Today’s quarterfinal matchups are: Broward vs. Rawlings and Reid-Yulee-Mallory; Beaty vs. Jennings.. Students will be entered to win Publix and Best Buy gift cards and the residence hall(s) with the highest attendance will advance to the final four.

 

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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