Thursday February 6, 2014Turnovers Plague Gators in Loss at Arkansas
Kayla Lewis recorded the ninth double-double of her career.
Kayla Lewis recorded the ninth double-double of her career.
Florida junior Kayla Lewis (Duluth, Ga.) posted her sixth double-double of the year but Arkansas used 12-0 run late en route to a 55-49 decision against the Gators at Bud Walton Arena Thursday evening.
For the first 34:44 of the game, neither team led by more than four points, however, in the midst of Arkansas’ 12-0 run the Razorbacks took a 51-42 lead with 3:41 remaining
Florida led 42-39 after Lewis completed a three-point-play with 9:14 remaining, before Arkansas went on the game-changing spree that included a pair of three-pointers.
During the span from Lewis’ points until Lily Svete’s (Granger, Ind.) three-pointer with 2:30 on the clock, Florida attempted eight shots and Arkansas collected eight defensive rebounds. The Gators also turned the ball over five times during the span.
Despite the huge momentum shift, Florida still had a chance. Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.) sank a pair of free throws after Svete’s three and had the Gators within four points, 51-47, with 1:55 remaining. Following one free throw from Arkansas, Bonds putback her own miss and cut the deficit to three, 52-49, with 1:22 on the clock.
UF sent Jessica Jackson to the free throw line where she made two to increase UA’s lead to five with 57 ticks, but the Gators committed two more unforced turnovers down the stretch and never recovered, as their three-game win streak came to an end.
The Gators committed 25 turnovers overall - the second-most this season – that resulted in 28 points for Arkansas, which had just 12 steals.
Lewis finished with 14 points (5-6 FG) and 10 rebounds, while Bonds added 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds.
Those were the only two Gators in double-figure scoring, as Florida was held to a season-low 49 points.
Updated Records: Florida 16-7, 6-4 SEC … Arkansas 16-7, 3-7 SEC
Quoting UF Head Coach Amanda Butler:
“I have to give Arkansas all the credit for the way we played. We did not play Florida basketball today. Tom (Collen) and his crew were the ones who made that happen. We did rebound the ball better, which is exciting for us, but typically not a strength. In this league when you have 25 turnovers on someone else’s home floor you significantly reduce your chances of winning right off the top.”
“Arkansas did a great job of being disruptive in spots and playing really, really good personnel awareness. We didn’t play with a good deal of composure. We played with way too much frustration, as opposed to trusting the things we do best.”
Stat of the Game
· Florida committed 25 turnovers, the second-most this season (committed 29 vs. Saint Francis, Dec. 17).
· Arkansas converted those 25 Gator miscues into 28 points.
Key Points of the Game
· For the first 34:44 of the game, neither team led by more than four point, however, in the midst of Arkansas’ 12-0 run the Razorbacks took a 51-42 lead with 3:41 remaining.
· Florida was held without a field goal for a 5:21 span late in the game.
Numbers of Note:
· Florida collected a season-low two steals.
· The Gators won the rebounding battle, 43-30.
At Bud Walton Arena
· Arkansas improved to 12-3 at home this season.
· Florida’s last win against Arkansas in Fayetteville was a 59-53 thriller on Jan. 3, 2010.
First Half Recap
· Arkansas led 28-26; eighth time UF has trailed at half
· Both teams led during the first half, neither by more than four points.
· Four lead changes, five tied scores.
· Both teams connected on 10 field goals, but Arkansas was 3-9 from the three-point arc, Florida 0-5.
· The Gators held the big 21-12 rebounding advantage.
· Three Gators – Bonds (10 points), Lewis (10) and January Miller (5 points) – combined for 25 of UF’s 26 first half points.
Early Foul Trouble
· Both of Florida’s primary posts – Kayla Lewis and Ronni Williams – were whistled for two fouls each by the 11:50 mark of the first half.
· Lewis collected her third with 9.1 seconds remaining in the first half
· The Gators used the starting lineup of Lily Svete, Kayla Lewis, Carlie Needles, Jaterra Bonds and Cassie Peoples
· This is the eighth different lineup used this year
Individual Numbers of Note:
· January Miller dished her 50th career assist
· Kayla Lewis recorded her seventh consecutive double-figure scoring game - the longest ACTIVE streak on the team
· Jaterra Bonds scored in her 48th straight game - the longest ACTIVE streak on the team
· Bonds started her 93rd consecutive game, the third-longest streak in program history
· Ronni Williams scored her 200th career point
· January Miller played in the 60th game of her career
· Carlie Needles played in the 60th game of her career
· Bonds and Lily Svete played in the 127th game of their career, moving into a tie for fifth-most in program history
Quick Scout – Arkansas Entering the Game
· 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.
Next Gator Game
#15/13 Kentucky (17-5, 5-4 SEC) at Florida (16-7, 6-4 SEC)
Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,373) * Gainesville, Fla.
Sunday, February 9 * Noon ET
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· Tickets: wear PINK and receive FREE admission; $5 for reserved seats; $4 adult general admission; $2 for youth age 17 and under; FREE for UF and Santa Fe students
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Additional Hoopla for the Game - Presenting sponsor: SunTrust
· Family 4 Pack Sunday: Receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $20
· Pink Day - Breast Cancer awareness game: wear pink and receive free general admission. The Gator players and coaches will be wearing their pink too.
· Pink Day Giveaway: The first 500 fans receive pink jerseys and the first 1,000 fans also receive pink pom pom shakers!
· Alumnae Day: Florida Women’s basketball welcomes alumni back for a special presentation.
· Rowdy Reptile Check-In and Prize Pick up: Students can earn 4 points for scanning in at Gate 1. Prize pick up begins in the 2nd half.
· Campus Challenge - Final 4: Today’s Final Four matchup is Jennings vs. Lakeside and Springs (1/26/14). Students will be entered to win iPads and the residence hall(s) with the highest attendance will advance to the Championship on February 20th.
· Post Game Layups: Children 12 and under will be able to take the court and shoot layups following the game.
· SEC Legend Vanessa Hayden: Florida’s SEC Legend for 2014, Vanessa Hayden, will be honored prior to the game.
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