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Florida is 12-2 at home this season, including 5-1 in SEC play.

Wednesday February 19, 2014Gators Host Missouri in Second to Last Home Game of Regular Season

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida is 12-2 at home this season, including 5-1 in SEC play.

Only four games remain in Florida’s regular-season schedule, including a pair of home games and one of those is Thursday when the Gators play host to Missouri in the O’Connell Center at 7 p.m.

 

·         Saluting Those Who Serve: Free tickets available at the ticket office window for all military members and their families.

 

The Gators are coming off a frustrating 67-58 loss at Georgia on Sunday, while Missouri earned a 68-58 road win at Auburn on Sunday and snapped a three-game skid.

 

The Series

·         Florida and Missouri met last year for the first time and the Tigers clawed their way to a 69-64 win in Columbia.

 

Only 4 Games Remaining!

UF has just four regular-season games remaining and it’s a doozy of a finish!

·         Feb. 20 host Missouri

·         Feb. 23 at No. 4/6 South Carolina

·         Feb. 27 at No. --/25 Vanderbilt

·         March 2 host No. 16/13 Texas A&M

 

Home-Sweet-O’Dome

·         Florida is 12-2 at home this season, including 5-1 in SEC play.

 

Missouri on the Road

·         The Tigers are 4-6 in true road games this year.

·         Two of MU’s four SEC wins have been on the road, including its most recent game at Auburn.

 

Quick Scout - Missouri

·         38.4 percent (236 of 625) of MU’s field goals have been three-pointers.

·         Three Tigers have nailed at least 46 treys this year: SEC leader Morgan Eye (85-198, 42.9%), Bri Kulas (46-108, 42.6%) and Morgan Stock (46-143, 32.2%).

 

Stat Watch

·         Missouri leads the SEC in made three-pointers per game (9.4 per game), converting 37.4 percent of its trys.

·         Florida is last in the SEC in three-point field goal defense, allowing foes to connect on 33.4 percent.

 

Team Trends

·         Only six times this year has Florida’s opponent attempted more free throws - the Gators average 24.0 attempts per game compared with 19.4 attempts by opponents.

·         Florida has forced at least 17 turnovers in all except 5 games year this (Gators 1-4 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 16 times (12-4 record in those games).

 

No Gator Has Played More!

·         Jaterra Bonds played the first eight minutes of the Feb. 16 game at Georgia and moved past Murriel Page (1994-98) for the most minutes played in Gator history (Page played 3,987 minutes)

 

Gator Watch

·         Three eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.4 ppg), Kayla Lewis (11.0 ppg) and January Miller (10.5 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.8 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 5.8 per game mark.

·         Bonds is dishing 4.3 assists per game, with Peoples handing out 3.6.

·         Five different Gators have recorded at least 30 steals en route to the team’s 10.1 per game average (third in SEC), with Peoples collecting 46, Bonds 37, Lewis 37, Miller 35 and Carlie Needles 31.

 

Bonds, Jaterra Bonds

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

·         Scoring (15.4 ppg),

·         Assists (4.3 apg),

·         Made free throws (139) and

·         Free throw attempts (167),

·         While hitting 44.1 percent of her shots from the floor, 83.2 percent from the free throw line and collecting 1.5 steals.

 

Quick Shot

·         In the last THREE games, Kayla Lewis is averaging of 12.0 points and 11.0 rebounds, while hitting 9-of-18 (50.0%) of her shots from the floor.

 

Stat Row

Florida

·         Points Per Game: 76.4

·         Scoring Defense: 69.2

·         Scoring Margin: +7.2

·         Rebounding Margin: -3.1

·         FG%: 44.3%

·         3FG%: 31.5%

·         FT%: 71.5%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 15.4

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 8.8

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.3

Missouri

·         Points Per Game: 70.5

·         Scoring Defense: 64.3

·         Scoring Margin: +6.2

·         Rebounding Margin: +3.9

·         FG%: 41.5%

·         3FG%: 37.4%

·         FT%: 75.7%

Tiger Leaders

·         Scoring: Bri Kulas, 18.4

·         Rebounding: Jordan Freicks, 7.7

·         Assists: Lianna Doty, 5.7

 

Quoting UF head coach Amanda Butler:

On Missouri:

“Missouri played a fantastic game against a really talented Auburn team at Auburn in its last game. They shoot the ball better than anyone else in our league. They are a very, very tough match up to prepare for that.”

 

On what the Gators have to do with four games left in the regular season:

“Win. I don’t mean to simplify that, but you have to win each possession, you have to win each half. Our game is broken down in four-minute segments because of the media timeouts so you have to win every four-minute segment of every ballgame.

 

“I said this before and even though that number is getting smaller and smaller and the end of the conference season is getting closer and closer, the only thing we’re really going to be focused on is Missouri because that’s all we can control. We can’t look at what we need to do over four games. We have to look at Thursday and it will be a one-game season for us. We get a chance to rebound here at home and get another significant win. We have to do everything we can to get ourselves ready for that.”

 

 

The Game at a Glance:

Missouri (15-10, 4-8 SEC) at Florida (17-8, 7-5 SEC) 

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

Thurs., February 20 * 7 p.m. ET

 

GAME NOTES:

·         Florida (PDF): http://bit.ly/1map5Cv

·         Missouri: http://bit.ly/1bMo5DJ

 

Game Coverage & More!

·         Radio: LIVE on ESPN850 WRUF-AM in Gainesville with Adam Schick & Brittany Davis

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

·         Television: SunSports statewide in Florida (Cox Ch. 48/1048; DirecTV 653) with Mick Hubert & Mark Wise

·         Internet Video: LIVE on GatorVision Online (subscription)

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

·         Tickets: Free tickets available at the ticket office window for all military members and their families … $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

 

Additional Hoopla for the Game - Presenting sponsor: Pepsi

·         Saluting Those Who Serve: Free tickets available at the ticket office window for all military members and their families.

·         Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Students can earn 4 points for scanning in at Gate 1.

·         Campus Challenge: Championship: The two teams with the highest attendance from the Final 4 matchups will compete in the 2014 Campus Challenge Championship for a chance to win a pizza party with the Florida Women’s Basketball team. Two students of the winning residence hall(s) will win a free scooter.

·         Halftime Show: Girls Place members will take part in a youth basketball game during halftime.

 

Opening Tip

·         This is just the second meeting between UF and MU.

·         Only 4 regular-season games remain for both teams, including Thursday’s outing.

·         Eight of UF’s 11 SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (5-3)

·         13 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (8-5 record in those games).

 

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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