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The Gators aim for their first win in Athens since 2004.

Saturday February 15, 2014Gators Begin Final Five-Game Stretch with Rematch vs. Georgia on Sunday

Athens, GA

The Gators aim for their first win in Athens since 2004.



Florida had a chance to recharge thanks to a midweek bye and begins its final five-game run of the regular season on Sunday when the Gators travel to Athens and play Georgia with tip-off from Stegemen Coliseum scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.

 

The game will be televised live by ESPNU, which airs in Gainesville on COX Communications channel 251 (DirecTV 208), as well as through the internet via ESPN3 and the ESPNWatch app. The radio broadcast can be heard live on ESPN850 WRUF-AM and through the internet at gatorzone.com.

 

The Gators are coming off a midweek bye, having earned an 86-80 win against No. 15/13 Kentucky on Sun., Feb. 9 in Gainesville.

 

Georgia is coming off a tough 78-73 overtime loss to Texas A&M on Thursday in College Station, Texas.

 

VIDEO Previews

·         UF head coach Amanda Butler: http://bit.ly/1fpjum5

·         Antoinette Bannister and Jaterra Bonds: http://bit.ly/NPZ1ks

 

Twice as Nice

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

·         Georgia captured the tight 68-62 win on Jan. 19 in Gainesville.

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

 

At a Glance - UF vs. UG: Jan. 19 Meeting in Gainesville

·         Georgia outrebounded Florida, 47-27 (second-largest deficit of year)

·         Only time in 14 games that Florida has lost after leading at halftime

·         UF forced 23 turnovers but managed only 12 points off them

·         One of only five games where UF’s opponent has attempted more free throws (18-13)

·         UF led by 10 points with 7:32 to go in first half; largest lead in a loss by UF this year

 

Florida on the Road

·         Three of UF’s next four games are on the road.

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

 

Georgia at Home

·         The Lady Bulldogs are an impressive 12-2 at home this season

·         Three of UG’s four SEC wins have been at home.

·         The Dawgs carry a modest three-game home winning streak into Sunday’s game.

 

Quick Notes on the Series

·         UG has won the last three meetings vs. UF, including 7 of the last 11

·         UF’s last win vs. Georgia in ATHENS was Jan. 18, 2004

·         9 of the last 10 games in the series have been decided by 9 points or less

·         Georgia leads the all-time series, 49-14, with a 26-4 record in Athens vs. Florida

·         Just FOURTH time since 1993-94 season that neither team is ranked in either national top-25 poll (includes Jan. 19, 2014 game)

·         both of UF’s byes in its 2014 SEC schedule have come prior to playing Georgia this year (last year it was the opposite, with the Lady Bulldogs enjoying a bye immediately before playing the Gators twice)

·         This will be the 64th meeting between UF and UG - it is the second-longest series for the Gators

·         Amanda Butler is one win shy of tying Carol Ross for the most wins by a Gator coach against Georgia (Ross earned 5 wins in 12 years vs. Georgia)

 

Quick Scout - Georgia

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

·         Erika Ford has been on fire recently, scoring 27, 16 and 9 points against Mississippi State (Feb. 2), Ole Miss (Feb. 9) and at Texas A&M (Feb. 13), respectively.

·         Sophomore guard Shacobia Barbee leads UG in scoring (12.3 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg).

 

Gator Watch

·         Four eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.3 ppg), Kayla Lewis (11.2 ppg), January Miller (10.7 ppg) and Cassie Peoples (10.0 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 9.0 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 6.0 per game mark.

·         Bonds is dishing 4.3 assists per game, with Peoples handing out 3.7.

·         Five different Gators have recorded at least 30 steals en route to the team’s 10.3 per game average (third in SEC), with Peoples collecting 44, Bonds 37, Lewis 37, Miller 35 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 (15.3 ppg),

·         Assists (4.3 apg),

·         Made free throws (135) and

·         Free throw attempts (162),

·         While hitting 43.8 percent of her shots from the floor, 83.3 percent from the free throw line and collecting 1.5 steals.

 

Quick Shots

·         In the last THREE games, Kayla Lewis is averaging team-bests of 17.0 points and 13.0 rebounds, while hitting 20-of-29 (69.0%) of her shots from the floor.

·         In the last THREE games, Lily Svete is averaging 11.7 points (compared to 6.8 ppg overall) and hitting 11-23 three-pointers (47.8%).

 

Bench Me, Coach!

·         Senior Lily Svete has come off the bench in five of the last six games ... and is flourishing!

·         5 Games Off the Bench: 12.6 points, 5.0 rebounds 17-35 three-pointers (48.6%)

·         19 Games as a Starter: 5.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 27-77 three-pointers (35.1%)

·         She started the first 18 games of the year and 19 overall.

 

Last TimeOut

·         UF defeated Kentucky on Feb. 9, 86-80, and won back-to-back games in the series since the 2003-04, 2004-05 seasons.

·         With the Wildcats cutting the Gators’ lead to three points with 1:10 left to play, senior Jaterra Bonds drew a charge on Kentucky’s Bria Goss to give Florida the ball and the Gators took advantage as Kayla Lewis scored on the following play, giving Florida a two-possession lead and the eventual victory.

·         UF had three consecutive three-point-plays within a 56-second span in the second half, two from Miller and the other by Lewis, that re-energized the Gators - after UK tied it up - and helped UF build a nine-point lead with 16:57 left to play.

·         January Miller scored 20 points - the second 20-point game of her career

·         Kayla Lewis recorded her seventh double-double of the year with 18 points (6-11 FG) and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds in addition to a career-high six assists with a game-high three steals and two blocked shots.

·         Lily Svete scored a career-high 17 points, passing previous standard of 15 that she tallied three times, converting 5-of-9 from the three-point arc.

 

Team Trends

·         Only five times this year has Florida’s opponent attempted more free throws - the Gators average 24.5 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 14-1 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 15 times (12-3 record in those games).

 

Stat Row

Florida

·         Points Per Game: 77.2

·         Scoring Defense: 69.3

·         Scoring Margin: +7.9

·         Rebounding Margin: -3.0

·         FG%: 44.4%

·         3FG%: 31.4%

·         FT%: 71.7%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 15.3

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 9.0

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.3

 

Georgia

·         Points Per Game: 67.8

·         Scoring Defense: 58.1

·         Scoring Margin: +9.6

·         Rebounding Margin: +5.8

·         FG%: 41.9%

·         3FG%: 30.4%

·         FT%: 61.5%

Lady Bulldog Leaders

·         Scoring: Shacobia Barbee, 12.3

·         Rebounding: Shacobia Barbee, 8.0

·         Assists: Khaalidah Miller, 3.5

 

 

Quoting UF Head Coach Amanda Butler

On the changes since the Jan. 19 meeting:

“There are a lot of the same trends, they are well coached and they are very talented. They are led by a very capable senior in Khaalidah Miller. There has been improvement and it would be a big mistake to fall into the trap that they are the same team and this is just going to be a repeat of the first game.

 

“We are both improved and they are certainly things we need to correct since our first meeting that we didn’t take advantage of. All in all, they were a very good team when we played them the first time.”

 

On Georgia’s Miller:

“She’s playing really well right now. Shacobia Barbee is another player who has been a force during the second half of the SEC season and Erika Ford has really been phenomenal in the last few ballgames. Hickey had a really good game against Texas A&M. It’s really hard to focus on just one person. All of them are really, really capable and deserve an equal level of respect – however, Khaalidah certainly is the glue.”

 

On any revenge factor after losing the Jan. 19 game:

“From our standpoint, we have to be very business-minded. We have objectives that have to be accomplished. And we get a second opportunity, which is a great thing.”

 

On being fifth in the current SEC standings:

“We’re in a good spot. There’s just no way you can ever feel comfortable no matter where you are (in the standings) because everyone is so good. You still have so many games left to play, even though we are winding down, it doesn’t feel that way at all. We feel good about where we’re at, but all that really matters is today’s focus and tomorrow’s focus and Sunday’s outcome.”

 

If it feels like ‘crunch time’ with only five regular-season games left:

“I don’t know if there’s ever been a time when it hasn’t felt like crunch time because the league is so good. There are so many significant challenges, every Thursday, every Sunday. The coaches are so good. The teams are so talented. I just don’t feel like with everyone being so close together (in the standings) that there has been any part of the SEC season when you didn’t feel like everything was on the line.”

 

On what UF has to do different from the last meeting against Georgia:

“The last time, probably our biggest statistical downfall was rebounding. We didn’t do a very good job with Miller in the second half. We had some crucial breakdowns mentally and with the ball in our hands, especially during some crucial times with some timely turnovers. There are a lot of things we have to do better. It’s a team we have a ton of respect for and I think it would be over-simplifying if we said we just needed to do this better – we’d probably get our tails handed to us if we took that approach.”

 

 

Game Day Info at a Glance

Florida (17-7, 7-4 SEC) at Georgia (16-8, 4-7 SEC) 

Stegeman Coliseum (10,523) * Athens, Ga.

Sun ., February 16 * 1 p.m. ET

 

Game Notes:

·         Florida (PDF): http://bit.ly/1nyVMsa

·         Georgia: http://bit.ly/MjAjrC

 

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: ESPNU (Cox 251 in Gainesville; DirecTV 208) with Melissa Lee & Maria Taylor

·         Internet Video: LIVE thru ESPN3, ESPNWatch App [http://es.pn/1mgpBCg]

·         Internet Scoring: LIVE thru GatorZone.com (FREE) [http://bit.ly/1ez2CIB]

 

Opening Tip

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

·         Georgia captured the 68-62 decision on Jan. 19 in Gainesville.

·         Only 5 regular-season games remain for both teams.

·         Seven of UF’s 10 SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (5-2)

·         12 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (8-4 record in those games).

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