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The Gator dropped a tough decision at South Carolina.

Sunday February 23, 2014Jaterra Bonds Scores 20 in Gator Loss at No. 4/6 South Carolina

Columbia, SC

The Gator dropped a tough decision at South Carolina.

Senior Jaterra Bonds scored 20 points and junior Kayla Lewis added 15 points with nine rebounds in a hard-fought 69-55 loss at No. 4/6 South Carolina at Colonial Life Arena in front of 10,547 fans on Sunday afternoon.

 

Bonds scored the first four points of the second half and cut Florida’s deficit to six, but the Gamecocks answered with a 14-4 run and took a 46-30 lead with 12:54 remaining.

 

The Gators refused to fold against the significantly taller Gamecocks who won the rebounding battle, 44-29, as Lewis and Bonds scored the first two buckets of a 13-3 Florida run that brought the Gators within six points with 5:17 remaining.

 

Lewis scored five points during the spurt, while Carlie Needles added a three-pointer, the 99th trey of her career, and Antoinette Bannister banked in one from beyond the arc.

 

The teams traded scores for the next minute before SC converted back-to-back buckets and held a 58-47 advantage with 3:04 on the clock.

 

Lewis scored the next four points of the game and had the Gators back within seven, 58-51, with 2:14 on the clock.

 

Florida then sent the Gamecocks to the line, where the hosts made 7-of-16 the rest of the way to secure their 17th consecutive home win.

 

Updated Records: Florida 17-10, 7-7 SEC … South Carolina 25-2, 13-1 SEC

 

Game Day Averages

·         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).

·         Florida scored 55 points, hit just 32.2 percent of its shots and had a shot blocked 11 times in today’s game.

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

·         The Gamecocks hit 45.3 percent of their shots and held a +15 rebound margin, 44-29.

 

Series at a Glance

·         South Carolina has won the last five 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 7 games in the series have been decided by 8 points or less

 

Doubled Up

·         Jaterra Bonds scored in double figures for her team-leading 22nd time this year; 78th game in career

·         Kayla Lewis scored in double figures for the 15th time this year; was one rebound shy of her ninth double-double this season

 

Career Numbers of Note

·         Kayla Lewis’ second rebound of the game was her 500th career rebound

·         Jaterra Bonds started the 110th game of her career, the sixth-most in UF history (No. 5 is 111 by Murriel Page, 1994-98)

·         Jaterra Bonds made the 500th field goal of her career during the game

·         Jaterra Bonds started her 97th consecutive game, the third longest streak in program history

 

Point Taken

·         Jaterra Bonds scored her 1,500 career point; became the 11th Gator to score as many

·         Kayla Lewis scored her 675th career point

·         Carlie Needles scored her 400th career point

·         Cassie Peoples scored her 275th career point

 

BLOCKED SHOTS by Gator Opponents

12           at Tennessee (2/14/10)

12           VANDERBILT (2/26/83)

11           at South Carolina (2/23/14)

11           vs Ohio State (3/18/12)

11           vs Tennessee (3/07/08)

11           COLORADO (12/22/00)

11           AUBURN (2/02/06)

11           vs Florida State (2/26/77)

 

Only Two Games Remaining!

·         UF has just two regular-season games remaining:

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

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

 

Quoting UF head coach Amanda Butler:

“You have to credit South Carolina for playing like South Carolina. We tried to do a lot of different things that would shift the game into the kind of game we wanted it to be. They are very good. I have a ton of respect for Dawn (Staley) and the way she does things. They are exceptional and a great example of why this is the best league in the country.”

 

On Florida’s defensive pressure:

“It was tough to continually have to overcome losing players (to foul trouble). There’s not a whole lot we can do about that. We certainly don’t impact that. I thought that we just kept swinging and I think that’s what really defines our team, their resilient spirit and they never give up regardless of what things look like. I thought that our fight was definitely there but in some of the details of the game we didn’t play very well.”

 

On UF’s long stretches of not scoring:

“We take pride in trying to score the basketball and do that in a couple different ways. We feel like we’re not settling for shots. Their presence inside makes you a little hesitant inside. I thought in the first half we really didn’t do a good job of showing a lot of grit and confidence in the paint. Jaterra (Bonds) really embodied the offensive game plan we wanted to bring to the table today but we didn’t have it uniformly across the board.”

 

 

Other SEC Games Played Sunday:

Arkansas d. LSU, 57-53

Tennessee d. MISSOURI, 56-50

Kentucky d. TEXAS A&M, 83-74

AUBURN d. Georgia, 67-59

MISSISSIPPI STATE d. Ole Miss, 72-70 OT

Alabama d. VANDERBILT, 66-62

 

Next Gator Game:

Florida (17-10, 7-7 SEC) at   #-/25 Vanderbilt (18-9, 7-7 SEC)

Memorial Gym (14,326) * Nashville, Tenn.

Thu., February 27 * 8 p.m. ET (7 pm CT)

 

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