Sunday February 2, 2014Super Sunday for the Gators in Big Road Win at Ole Miss
The Gators won their third straight game.
The Gators won their third straight game.
The Gators used a 17-1 run early in the second half to fuel an 81-60 road win at Ole Miss in the Tad Smith Coliseum on Super Bowl Sunday.
A number of individual performances highlighted Florida’s third consecutive victory.
Kayla Lewis scored 19 points on 9-12 field goals and 12 rebounds with three steals, as the Gator junior posted her fifth double-double of the season and eighth of her career.
Sophomore Antoinette Bannister scored a career-high 18 points, hitting 7-13 from the floor, including a 3-5 effort from the three-point arc. Bannister sparked UF’s early 19-6 first-half run when she scored 12 points, one shy of her career-best scoring effort, and successfully converted the first three-point-play of her career.
Senior Lily Svete scored all of her 12 points in the second half when the Gators outscored the Rebels, 48-29. Svete drilled four three-pointers on nine attempts, while grabbing five rebounds.
Despite big foul trouble early, freshman Ronni Williams finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five assists in just 14 minutes of action. The rookie scored six of her points during the game-breaking 17-1 run, when Lewis scored four points, Svete three and Bannister and Jaterra Bonds two each.
That spree put the Gators in front 56-36 with 14:42 remaining and Florida never looked back, as Svete seemingly drilled a three every time Ole Miss tried to make a run.
Bonds finished with nine points, while Cassie Peoples dished a game-high seven assists with just three turnovers, while collecting four of UF’s 11 steals.
Ole Miss jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead before Williams successfully converted the first three-point play of her career. UM came right back with a bucket before Bonds’ scoop shot fell and Williams nailed a 16-footer that brought Florida within two points.
The teams traded scores and with UM holding a 14-10 lead, the Gators ripped off a 19-6 spree and took a 29-20 advantage capped by Lewis’ offensive rebound putback at the 7:38 mark.
Ole Miss went on an 11-2 run and tied the game at 31 with 42 seconds remaining in the first half, but Lewis picked up a loose ball rebound and hit the five-footer in the paint, as Florida took a 33-31 halftime lead.
Updated Records: Florida 16-6, 6-3 SEC … Ole Miss 10-13, 1-8 SEC
Record Book Update
· Seniors Jaterra Bonds & Lily Svete playing in the 126th game of their respective careers, now tied for the sixth-most in UF history with Sha Brooks and Marshae Dotson.
· Just six minutes into Sunday’s game, Bonds moved past Sha Brooks into second place in UF history for most minutes played in a career (Murriel Page played in a record-3,987 minutes in 128 games).
Numbers of Note - Team
· Florida committed a season-low 11 turnovers
· The Gators matched a season-low 13 free throw attempts.
Numbers of Note - Individuals
· Jaterra Bonds attempted the 1,200th field goal of her career.
· Kayla Lewis started the 50th game of her career.
· Lewis posted her fifth double-double of the year; eighth of career
· January Miller scored her 450th career point
· Kayla Lewis scored the 600th points of her career
· Antoinette Bannister scored her 100th career point
· January Miller knocked down her 50th career three-pointer
· Jaterra Bonds scored in her 47th consecutive game - the longest active streak by a current Gator
· Bonds started her 92nd consecutive game (third longest streak in program history)
· Kayla Lewis tallied her sixth consecutive double-figure scoring game, the longest ACTIVE streak on the team
· Florida converted a three-pointer for the 120th consecutive game
At the Half
· Gators led at halftime, 33-31; 13th time lead at halftime this year (improved to 13-1 when leading at half)
Quotes from the Court
UF head coach Amanda Butler on the win and the difference in the second half
“I thought the whole first 20 minutes of basketball was below where we needed to be playing intensity-wise, energy-wise. We weren’t playing poorly, but we weren’t playing as well as we needed to play so I’m really pleased with our response out of the locker room and the adjustments, especially by some individuals.”
Butler on Antoinette Bannister
“Bre is a shooter at heart, she’s a ball player. She can pass the ball and make plays, but when she felt good and the ball felt good off her hand behind the three-point line it just fueled the rest of her whole game. She did give us a great shot in the arm and had a great impact on our tempo. She did exactly what she was supposed to do when she came off the bench.”
Butler on the Gator’s early foul trouble
“We just take pride in making smaller (referring to the Gator’s lack of height) better than bigger. Whether we’ve got four guards out there and Lily Svete is anchoring the 5 (center position) and that’s as big as we can get or we have a taller lineup, and I use that loosely, we would play with the same intensity and more importantly, the same level of expectation. We want to win the rebound battle, win the battle in the paint and we really feel like size can be a factor if we let it, but we can’t let it. We have to let us being smaller be the more important thing.”
Next Gator Game
Florida (16-6, 6-3 SEC) at Arkansas (*15-6, 2-6 SEC)
Bud Walton Arena * Fayetteville, Ark.
Thu ., February 6 * 8 p.m. ET (7 pm CT)
*Arkansas hosted Auburn Sunday and that game was in progress at the time of this release
Game Coverage & More!
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· Thursday’s game will be the second regular-season meeting this year between the Gators and Razorbacks.
· Florida captured the tight 59-52 win on Jan. 9 in Gainesville.
· Thursday’s game begins a three-game stretch against opponents UF has already played: Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky.
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