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Saturday February 8, 2014Gators Play4Kay, Host Nationally-Ranked Kentucky Sunday

Gainesville, Fla.

Sunday also marks Florida’s Pink Day - Breast Cancer awareness game and fans who wear pink and receive free admission



Florida plays host to nationally-ranked Kentucky on Sunday, with tip off scheduled for 12 noon from the O’Connell Center.

 

It’s a Family 4 Pack Sunday and fans can received four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $20.

 

Sunday also marks Florida’s Pink Day - Breast Cancer awareness game and fans who wear pink and receive free general admission. The first 500 fans receive pink jerseys and the first 1,000 fans also receive a pink pom pom shaker!

 

A multitude of additional special promotions are associated with this game and all those are listed at the bottom of this release.

 

The Gators are coming off a disappointing 55-49 loss at Arkansas on Thursday that snapped a three-game win streak, while the Wildcats enjoyed a midweek bye.

 

 Florida will have its second and final bye following Sunday’s game.

 

VIDEO:

·         UF head coach Amanda Butler: http://www.gatorvision.tv/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3189805&db_oem_id=6500

·         Jaterra Bonds, Carlie Needles and Lily Svete: http://www.gatorvision.tv/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3189414&db_oem_id=6500

 

Twice as Nice

·         Sunday’s game will be the second regular-season meeting this year between the Gators and Wildcats.

·         Florida captured the tight 83-73 win on Jan. Lexington.

·         Sunday’s game is the second in a three-game stretch against opponents UF has already played: Arkansas (UF won the first meeting in Gainesville and lost in Fayetteville); Georgia (UG won in Gainesville); and Kentucky (UF won the first meeting in Lexington).

 

Home-Sweet-O’Dome

·         Florida is 11-2 at home this season, including 4-1 in SEC play.

 

Kentucky on the Road

·         The Wildcats are an impressive 6-2 in true road games this season.

 

Last TimeOut

·         UF committed 25 turnovers, the second-most this season in a 55-49 loss at Arkansas on Thursday.

·         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.

·         Florida collected a season-low two steals.

·         Kayla Lewis posted her sixth double-double of the season, leading UF with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

 

The Series vs. Kentucky

·         The 48-game series against Kentucky is the seventh-longest in Florida history.

·         Kentucky leads the 48-game series, 25-23, but Florida holds the slim 11-9 edge in games played in Gainesville.

·         The Gators defeated the Wildcats 83-73 in the Jan. 5 meeting this year, snapping UK’s six-game run in the series.

·         Each of the last six games have been decided by 10 points or less.

·         Florida’s last win in the Gainesville was a 74-59 victory on Jan. 29, 2009.

 

Quick Scout - Kentucky

·         The Wildcats feature the SEC’s most potent offense, averaging 83.6 points per game.

·         Six different Wildcats average at least 9.7 points per game, paced by Jennifer O’Neill, who comes off the bench with 12.0 points per game.

·         Senior transfer DeNesha Stallworth nets 10.8 points with 5.7 rebounds, while senior transfer Samarie Walker adds 10.4 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game.

 

Kentucky Team Ties

·         Kentucky assistant coach Danielle Santos, who is in her second year on the Wildcats sidelines, was a four-year letterwinner for the Gators from 2002-06, when she started 76 of the 107 games she played. Santos, a 5-foot-10 guard from Marietta, Ga., compiled 831 points, 395 rebounds and 265 assists during her Gator career.

·         Kentucky head coach Matthew Mitchell was an assistant coach at Florida for three years (2000-03), serving under former head coaches Carol Ross and Carolyn Peck. The Gators were 51-36 during his three-year stay in Gainesville, where he met his future wife Jenna.

 

Bonds You Can Bank On

·         Jaterra Bonds leads all SEC players in made free throws (133, 5.8 pg) and attempts (160, 7.0 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 83.1 percent from the charity stripe, the fifth-best mark among all SEC players.

 

Team Trends

·         Only five times this year has Florida’s opponent attempted more free throws - the Gators average 24.6 attempts per game compared with 20.0 attempts by opponents.

·         Florida has forced at least 17 turnovers in all except 4 games year this (Gators 1-3 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 just eight players per game, UF’s bench has outscored its opponent’s bench 14 times (11-3 record in those games).

 

Gator Watch

·         Three eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.6 ppg), Kayla Lewis (10.9 ppg) and January Miller (10.3 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.7 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 6.1 per game mark.

·         Bonds is dishing 4.3 assists per game, with Peoples handing out 3.8.

·         Five different Gators have recorded at least 30 steals en route to the team’s 10.2 per game average (third in SEC), with Peoples collecting 41, Bonds 36, 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 (15.6 ppg),

·         Assists (4.3 apg),

·         Made free throws (133) and

·         Free throw attempts (160),

·         While hitting 43.7 percent of her shots from the floor, 83.1 percent from the free throw line and collecting 1.6 steals.

 

Quick Shots

·         In the last two games, Kayla Lewis is averaging team-bests of 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds, while hitting 14-of-18 (77.8%) of her shots from the floor.

·         In the last three games, Lily Svete is averaging 10.7 points (compared to 6.3 ppg overall) and hitting 9-19 three-pointers (47.4%).

 

Thrillers!

·         11 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (7-4 record in those games).

·         6 of the Gator’s SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (4-2 in those games).

 

Stat Row

Florida

·         Points Per Game: 76.8

·         Scoring Defense: 68.9

·         Scoring Margin: +8.0

·         Rebounding Margin: -2.9

·         FG%: 44.2%

·         3FG%: 30.8%

·         FT%: 71.9%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 15.6

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 8.7

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.2

 

Kentucky

·         Points Per Game: 83.6

·         Scoring Defense: 66.4

·         Scoring Margin: +17.2

·         Rebounding Margin: +5.6

·         FG%: 43.4%

·         3FG%: 33.4%

·         FT%: 66.3%

Wildcats Leaders

·         Scoring: Jennifer O’Neill, 12.0

·         Rebounding: Samarie Walker, 9.0

·         Assists: O’Neill & Thompson, 3.1

 

Quoting UF head coach Amanda Butler

·         On the Jan. 5 win against Kentucky:

·         “We almost have to pretend that that game never happened. It was so long ago. There has been a lot of basketball that’s been played, so many improvements, so many adjustments made by both teams. This game is its own. There is no tie-in to last time’s game. It is very difficult to beat a team twice in one season, especially in the conference season. We have to go out and make the preparation unique and different to where we are in the season.”

 

·         On the final six-game stretch of the season:

·         “We really have to continue to do what has made us successful to this point in the season and that’s been to take one game at a time – really even just one day at a time. We can’t sit around and wonder what we’re going to be like at the end of February. We’re concerned with what’s Friday is going to look like and then how practice will be Saturday. We have to handle our business and control the things that we can control right now.”

 

·         On practice with three days between games and having a small roster:

·         “There has to be a great deal of leadership and maturity. One of the unique things that you can find in a loss is that you have a great opportunity that you don’t have when you’re coming off a win. We have to really capitalize on this opportunity, correct the things we did poorly (Thursday) against Arkansas. I think we (the coaches) will have a greater attention from them after a loss than if we had won. That’s what we need to get the win on Sunday. We have to wrap our arms around all of those things. For this team, we have to go hard, but we can’t be out here for two hours. We need to manage rest time. There will be a lot of mental preparation and mental challenges.”

 

·         On the different coaching this year’s team with a smaller roster:

·         “It’s been one of the challenges for my staff. We’ve done the best we can in trying to manage working really hard and making sure we’re working smart. It’s a tightrope walk. We can’t have an emotional response to losing a ballgame and have a crazy hard practice that doesn’t set us up to win our next ballgame. We’ve had to really be mindful of all the factors that contribute to this team winning and how they win. It’s really different than with any team I’ve ever coached.”

 

 

 

#15/13 Kentucky (17-5, 5-4 SEC) at Florida (16-7, 6-4 SEC) 

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

Sun ., February 9 * Noon ET

 

Game Notes:

Florida (PDF):

Kentucky:

 

Game Coverage & More!

·         Radio: LIVE on ESPN850 WRUF-AM in Gainesville and on Sirius 92 | XM 190 with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

·         Internet Audio: LIVE thru www.Gatorzone.com (FREE)

·         Television: CSS/CoxSports, Comcast Sports Southeast Cox Sports airs on Ch. 259/1259 on Cox Communications in Gainesville with Larry Vettel & Joe Ciampi

·         Internet Video: LIVE thru ESPN3. com

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE)

·         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

·         Parking: FREE in the O’Connell Center lot

 

Opening Tip

·         Thursday’s game will be the second regular-season meeting this year between the Gators and Wildcats.

·         Florida captured the tight 83-73 win on Jan. 5 in Lexington.

·         Five of UF’s nine SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (4-2)

·         11 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (7-4 record in those games).

 

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.

 

 

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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