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Ronni Williams is one of the top rookie post players in the SEC.

Saturday February 22, 2014Gators Face No. 4 South Carolina on the Road Sunday

Columbia, SC

Ronni Williams is one of the top rookie post players in the SEC.

Florida begins a two-game road swing traveling to play No. 4/6 South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

Only three games remain in the regular-season and the Gators are still in the mix for one of the top-four seeds in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, but their current two-game slide leaves very little room for error.

 

Entering Sunday’s action, Florida sits in a four-way tie for fourth place in the SEC standings, sharing a 7-6 league record with Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt.

 

Only 3 Games Remaining!

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

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

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

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

 

Last Time Out

·         Florida dropped a disappointing 81-76 home decision to Missouri.

·         The Gators actually made three more field goals than Missouri, but the Tigers drilled 12 three-pointers to UF’s four.

·         Kayla Lewis posted her eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

·         South Carolina downed Kentucky in Lexington, 81-58, for its eighth consecutive win.

·         The Gamecocks outrebounded the Wildcats, 44-19.

·         Aleighsa Welch led SC with 21 points (10-16 FG), 10 rebounds and five blocks.

 

Florida on the Road

·         Two of UF’s final three games are on the road.

·         UF is 4-5 in true road games this year

 

South Carolina at Home

·         South Carolina is a perfect 14-0 at home this season, including 6-0 in SEC games.

·         The Gamecocks are the only SEC team with an unblemished home record.

·         South Carolina sports a 16-game home win streak entering Sunday vs. Florida.

 

Quick Scout - South Carolina

·         Nationally, South Carolina boasts one of the top defenses: ranking No. 4 in scoring defense (54.0 ppg), No. 5 for field goal percentage defense (34.3%) and No. 3 for blocked shots per game (7.0 pg).

·         Also in the national stats: No. 5 field goal percentage (48.8%); No. 7 scoring margin (+20.8); No. 12 rebound margin (+10.4).

 

Series at a Glance

·         Florida leads the 32-game series, 20-12

·         UF Home: 8-7; Away: 10-5; Neutral: 2-0

·         South Carolina has won the last four games after the Gators won five straight in the series.

·         UF’s last win against the Gamecocks was a thrilling 65-63 victory in Columbia on Jan. 9, 2011.

·         5 of the last 6 games in the series have been decided by 8 points or less

 

Future on Display in the Paint

·         Two of the top freshmen post players in the SEC will be on display Sunday - Florida’s Ronni Williams and SC’s Alaina Coates.

·         Williams: 8.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, team-best 34 blocks

·         Coats: 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 49 blocks

 

Team Trends

·         Only seven times this year has Florida’s opponent attempted more free throws - the Gators average 23.7 attempts per game compared with 19.5 attempts by opponents.

·         Florida has forced at least 17 turnovers in all except 6 games year this (Gators 1-5 when forcing fewer than 17 - win vs. Alabama, Jan. 30).

·         UF is 14-2 when leading at halftime (losses were at home vs. Georgia & Missouri)

·         Despite playing just eight players per game, UF’s bench has outscored its opponent’s bench 16 times (12-4 record in those games).

 

Gator Watch

·         Three eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.4 ppg), Kayla Lewis (11.3 ppg) and January Miller (10.4 ppg).

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.9 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 5.8 per game mark.

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

·         Four different Gators have recorded at least 37 steals en route to the team’s 10.0 per game average (fourth in SEC), with Peoples collecting 47, Bonds 38, Lewis 37 and Miller 36.

 

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 (145) and

·         Free throw attempts (173),

·         While hitting 44.0 percent of her shots from the floor, 83.8 percent from the free throw line and collecting 1.5 steals.

 

Quick Shot

·         In the last FIVE games, Kayla Lewis is averaging of 15.4 points and 10.8 rebounds, while hitting 32-of-46 (68.1%) of her shots from the floor.

 

Florida All-Time vs. Specific-Ranked Teams

·         Top-5: 5-60 (0-0 in 2013-14)

·         Nos. 6-10: 10-43 (1-0 in 2013-14)

·         Nos. 11-25: 51-83 (2-2 in 2013-14)

 

Stat Row:

Florida

·         Points Per Game: 76.4

·         Scoring Defense: 69.7

·         Scoring Margin: +6.7

·         Rebounding Margin: -3.8

·         FG%: 44.5%

·         3FG%: 31.3%

·         FT%: 71.7%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 15.4

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 8.9

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.3

 

South Carolina

·         Points Per Game: 74.0

·         Scoring Defense: 54.0

·         Scoring Margin: +20.8

·         Rebounding Margin: +10.4

·         FG%: 48.8%

·         3FG%: 37.0%

·         FT%: 67.4%

Gamecock Leaders

·         Scoring: Tiffany Mitchell, 15.2

·         Rebounding: Alaina Coates, 7.8

·         Assists: Tiffany Mitchell, 3.7

 

Quoting UF head coach Amanda Butler:

On South Carolina not just being a strong defensive team as in year’s past:

“They are very, very balanced. They also have been somewhat of a guard in the past few years and they’re very much inside-out this year. They do a great job of being really, really patient and disciplined. They shot selection is the one thing that has been the most outstanding about their offense. They are very capable of scoring in a lot of different spots and in a lot of different ways. They are very selective.”

 

On the match-up between UF’s Ronni Williams and SC’s Alaina Coates – two of the top freshmen post players in the SEC:

“It’s a great indication of where the league is at right now, to have such talented freshmen and what it’s going to look like for the next few years. Coates has had an amazing freshman year and I think she’s one of the best young players in the country.”

 

Game Day at a Glance

Florida (17-9, 7-6 SEC) at #4/6 South Carolina (24-2, 12-1 SEC)

Colonial Life Center (18,000) * Columbia, S.C.

Sun., February 23 * 1 p.m. ET

 

Game Notes:

·         Florida (PDF): http://bit.ly/1ehFs9P

·         South Carolina: http://bit.ly/1p9J0E5

 

Game Coverage & More!

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Opening Tip

·         South Carolina has won the last four games vs. UF after the Gators had won five straight in the series.

·         UF’s last win against the Gamecocks was a thrilling 65-63 victory in Columbia on Jan. 9, 2011.

·         5 of the last 6 games in the series have been decided by 8 points or less.

·         Only 3 regular-season games remain for both teams, including Sunday’s outing.

·         Nine of UF’s 12 SEC games have been decided by 10 points or less (5-4)

·         14 of UF’s games have been decided by 10 points or less (8-6 record in those games).

 

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