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Jaterra Bonds scored a team-high 15 points in the Jan. 9 win against Arkansas.

Wednesday February 5, 2014Gators Face Arkansas in Fayetteville Thursday

Fayetteville, AR

Jaterra Bonds scored a team-high 15 points in the Jan. 9 win against Arkansas.



Florida travels to Fayetteville and plays Arkansas on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT) in Bud Walton Arena.

 

The game is the Gator’s second consecutive on the road, having earned an 81-60 win at Ole Miss on Sunday.

 

The Razorbacks are playing their second straight home game, having dropped a tough 56-48 decision to Auburn on Sunday.

 

VIDEO:

·         UF head coach Amanda Butler: http://bit.ly/1fIvqmN

·         Seniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete: http://bit.ly/1dr5rey

 

Twice as Nice

·         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 (UF won the first meeting in Gainesville); Georgia (UG won in Gainesville); and Kentucky (UF won the first meeting in Lexington).

 

SEC Second-Half Underway

·         The Gators defeated Ole Miss, 81-60, to start the second-half of its 16-game SEC schedule.

 

Finish Strong

·         The second-half of UF’s SEC season features four games against ranked teams Texas A&M, at South Carolina, at Vanderbilt and Kentucky), in addition to road games at Ole Miss and Arkansas, with a home date against Missouri. Whew!

·         The Gators wrapped up the first-half of their league slate with a 5-3 record, capped by last Thursday’s 75-67 home win against Alabama.

 

Florida on the Road

·         UF is 4-3 in true road games this year

·         Road wins: at Kennesaw State (Nov. 17), Troy (Dec. 4), No. 6 Kentucky (Jan. 5) and at Ole Miss (Feb. 2)

·         Road Losses: at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14), at No. 12/13 LSU (Jan. 12) and at No. 11/12 Tennessee (Jan. 23)

 

Arkansas at Home

·         Arkansas has won 11 of its 15 games this year on its home court.

 

Last TimeOut

·         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.

·         Florida committed a season-low 11 turnovers

·         The Gators matched a season-low 13 free throw attempts.

 

The Series vs. Arkansas

·         Florida leads the 31-game series, 23-8, including a 9-4 record in Fayetteville.

·         The Gators have won the last three meetings - the Jan. 9 outing in Gainesville and the two played last year (in Gainesville and in the SEC Tournament second round)

·         Florida has won six of the last seven games against Arkansas.

·         Arkansas’ last win was a double-overtime decision on Jan. 29, 2012 in Fayetteville.

 

Quick Scout - Arkansas

·         The Razorbacks boast the SEC’s top scoring defense, allowing just 51.5 points per game.

·         Arkansas also leads the SEC in Assist/Turnover Ratio at 1.2 (15.8 apg, 13.4 TO pg).

·         UA ranked No. 2 among SEC teams in made 3-pointers per game, averaging 6.1 pg from beyond the arc.

 

Bonds You Can Bank On

·         Jaterra Bonds leads all SEC players in made free throws (129, 5.9 pg) and attempts (156, 7.1 pg) ... and she leads by a LOT!

·         The next closest in either category is Vanderbilt’s Christina Foggie, who has made 102 (4.6 pg) and attempted 136 (6.2 pg).

·         Bonds hits 82.7 percent from the charity stripe, the fifth-best mark among all SEC players.

 

Team Trends

·         Only four times this year has Florida’s opponent attempted more free throws - the Gators average 25.2 attempts per game compared with 20.0 attempts by opponents.

·         Florida has forced at least 17 turnovers in all except 3 games year this (Gators 1-2 when forcing fewer than 17 - win vs. Alabama, Jan. 30).

·         UF is 13-1 when leading at halftime (loss was at home vs. Georgia)

·         Despite playing an average of just eight players per game, UF’s bench has outscored its opponent’s bench 14 times (11-3 record in those games).

 

Gator Watch

·         Four eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.7 ppg), Kayla Lewis (10.7 ppg), January Miller (10.5 ppg) and Cassie Peoples (10.2 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.6 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 6.1 per game mark.

·         Bonds is dishing 4.4 assists per game, with Peoples handing out 3.8.

·         Five different eligible Gators have recorded at least 30 steals en route to the team’s 10.6 per game average (third in SEC), with Peoples collecting 41, Bonds 35, Lewis 34, Miller 32 and Carlie Needles 30.

 

Bonds, Jaterra Bonds

Senior Jaterra Bonds is doing it all in her final collegiate season. She leads the Gators in:

·         Scoring (15.7 ppg),

·         Assists (4.4 apg),

·         Made free throws (129) and

·         Free throw attempts (156),

·         While hitting 43.6 percent of her shots from the floor, 82.7 percent from the free throw line and collecting 1.6 steals.

 

Quotes from the Court:

UF head Coach Amanda Butler on playing a team for a second time

“It’s so tough to face a team in this league for a second time. You’re facing talented coaching. We have the challenge of playing at Arkansas and that makes it tougher and more important to stay focused on the things that make us successful and hopefully will continue to make us successful.”

 

 

 

 

Florida (16-6, 6-3 SEC) at Arkansas (15-7, 2-7 SEC)

Bud Walton Arena (19,200) * Fayetteville, Ark.

Thu ., February 6 * 8 p.m. ET (7 pm CT)

 

Game Notes:

Florida (PDF): http://bit.ly/MtHNIp

Arkansas: http://bit.ly/1g35rVc

 

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://bit.ly/18Pj6ex

·         Television: none

·         Internet Video: LIVE thru arkansasrazorbacks.com ($$) - http://bit.ly/LzFtik

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru arkansasrazorbacks.com (FREE) - http://bit.ly/LzFtik

 

Opening Tip

·         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

·         Five of UF’s nine SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (4-1)

·         10 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (7-3 record in those games).

·         In 14 of UF’s 22 games, every Gator who suited up to play, scored

 

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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