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The Gators play Penn State on the Lady Lions' home court in the NCAA Second Round.

Monday March 24, 2014Gators Face No. 3 Seed Penn State in NCAA Second Round Tuesday

University Park, PA

The Gators play Penn State on the Lady Lions' home court in the NCAA Second Round.

Florida gears up to play nationally-ranked and third-seeded Penn State in the NCAA Tournament Second Round at the Bryce Jordan Center – the Lady Lion’s home court – on Tuesday with tipoff scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.


The game will be televised live by ESPN2 and fans can check the coverage map to see if it will air in their specific area. Complete broadcast information can be found here:


NCAA Tournament Skinny

·         The No. 11-seeded Gators (20-12) play No. 3-seeded Penn State (23-7) in the second round on Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET.

·         Florida defeated No. 6-seeded Dayton (23-8, 14-2 Atlantic 10) in the first round, 83-69.


First Round Win at a Glance

·         In Florida’s 83-69 win against Dayton, the Gators outscored the Flyers, 54-37, in the second half.

·         Before Sunday’s contest, Florida was 2-9 this season when trailing at the half

·         Florida faced its largest deficit of the game (12 points) with just over 15 minutes remaining and UF mounted its first halftime comeback since Dec. 28 vs. Georgetown

·         Trailing Dayton 54-45 with 11:53 to play, the Gators finished the game on a 38-15 run

·         Florida shot 51.4 percent  (19-37) from the floor, 25 percent from behind the arc (3-12) and 100 percent (13-13) from the charity stripe to step up its game from the first half

·         Carlie Needles scored all 11 of her points in the final 7:46 to play in the second half. Needles nailed three from behind the arc and added a layup to help Florida to victory down the stretch

·         Florida’s +15 rebound margin was the teams largest of the season and only its second double-figure advantage this year (+13 in a loss at Arkansas, Feb. 6)

·         UF was led by Cassie Peoples, who put up 21 points, her most since January 12 when she had 22.


Peoples Leads the Way

·         With her team-high 21 points against Dayton, Cassie Peoples led the Gators in scoring for the fourth time this season.

·         It was her 17th career and fourth consecutive double-figure scoring game.

·         Hit the 20-point mark for the fourth time this season.

·         Peoples scored 10 points during a 14-4 run after UF trailed 54-45 with 11:53 to go and ignited a 38-15 game-ending run.


In NCAA Games, Florida is...

·         12-13 all-time

·         2-6 in second round games

·         2-4 in NCAA road games


A Glance at Penn State

·         Florida and Penn State have split the two meetings in the series, with each winning on its home court.

·         The two teams could have met this season in the Bahamas, but the Gators lost in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam, while the Lady Lions reached the title game and captured the crown.

·         The last time the teams met was on Dec. 3, 2000, when the Gators upset the then-No. 11/9-ranked Lady Lions, 92-79, in Gainesville.


Gator Bytes vs. Penn State

·         Florida and Penn State could have met this season in the Bahamas, but the Gators lost in the first round of the Junkanoo Jam, while the Lady Lions reached the title game and captured the crown.

·         The last time the teams met was on Dec. 3, 2000, when the Gators upset the then-No. 11/9-ranked Lady Lions, 92-79.

·         Penn State won the Big Ten regular-season title for the third consecutive season.

·         The Lady Lions dominated the 2014 Big Ten postseason awards, boasting the Player of the Year in Maggie Lucas, the Defensive Player of the Year in Dara Taylor and the Coach of the Year, as well as a pair of First Team honorees in Lucas and Ariel Edwards.

·         Former Gators head football coach Galen Hall is a graduate of Penn State. Born in Altoona, Pa., Hall played at Penn State from 1959-61 and after a brief NFL career, Hall embarked on a coaching career. He arrived at Florida in 1984 as offensive coordinator and was elevated to head coach later that season. Hall returned to Penn State in 2004 and spent the next eight seasons with the Nittany Lions.


Florida on the Road

·         UF is 5-6 in true road games this year

·         Road wins: at Kennesaw State (Nov. 17), Troy (Dec. 4), No. 6 Kentucky (Jan. 5), at Ole Miss (Feb. 2) and at Vanderbilt (Feb. 27).


Gators vs. Ranked Teams

·         Florida is 3-5 this year against ranked teams, including 1-3 on the road.


Gator Watch

·         Three eligible Gators average a double-figure scoring effort: Jaterra Bonds (15.6 ppg), Kayla Lewis (11.9 ppg) and Cassie Peoples (10.5 ppg), with January Miller adding 9.3 points per game.

·         Kayla Lewis has been the top Gator on the boards, pulling down 8.7 per game, followed by Ronni Williams’ 5.5 per game mark.

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

·         Four different Gators have recorded at least 40 steals en route to the team’s 9.3 per game average (fourth in SEC), with Peoples collecting 52, Lewis 47 and Bonds 44.


A Second Round Win ...

·         ...would advance the Gators to the NCAA Sweet 16 for just the third time in program history; as well as the first time since 1998 (current assistant coach Murriel Page was a senior All-American on that team).

·         ...would be Amanda Butler’s 141st win in seven years at UF - one off the pace set by the winningest Gator coach through their first seven years Carol Ross, who won 142 through her first seven years en route to becoming the winningest coach in program history with 247 victories in 12 years.

·         Entering the 2014 postseason, Butler averaged 19.9 wins per season ... Ross 20.3 through her first seven years.


Every Year Under Butler

·         Florida’s inclusion in the 2014 NCAA field is the program’s seventh consecutive postseason appearance - every year under head coach Amanda Butler.

·         She is the only one of the eight Gator head coaches who has done so.

·         In fact, Butler is the only Gator head coach to earn a postseason berth in her first year with the program.


Good When We Get There

·         In all seven trips to the postseason under coach Amanda Butler, the Gators have won at least their first round game.

·         Last season Florida won a program-record four postseason games en route to the WNIT semifinals.


Stat Row


·         Points Per Game: 75.3

·         Scoring Defense: 70.1

·         Scoring Margin: +5.3

·         Rebounding Margin: -3.7

·         FG%: 44.5%

·         3FG%: 32.6%

·         FT%: 71.2%

Gator Leaders

·         Scoring: Jaterra Bonds, 15.6

·         Rebounding: Kayla Lewis, 8.7

·         Assists: Jaterra Bonds, 4.3

Penn State

·         Points Per Game: 75.4

·         Scoring Defense: 66.6

·         Scoring Margin: +8.8

·         Rebounding Margin: +7.3

·         FG%: 41.9%

·         3FG%: 31.6%

·         FT%: 77.2%

Lady Lion Leaders

·         Scoring: Maggie Lucas, 21.5

·         Rebounding: Talia East, 7.5

·         Assists: Dara Taylor, 4.9


Game Day Setup

No. 11 seed Florida (20-12) vs. No. 3 seed Penn State (23-7)

2014 NCAA Tournament Second Round

Tuesday, March 25 * 7 p.m. ET

Bryce Jordan Center (15,261) * University Park, Pa.


Game Coverage & More!

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·         Television: LIVE on ESPN2 with Bob Picozzi & Krista Blunk

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