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The 2013-14 Gators had a lot to celebrate.

Sunday April 13, 2014Gators Celebrate 2013-14 at Postseason Banquet

Gainesville, Fla.

The 2013-14 Gators had a lot to celebrate.

Nearly 200 fans, friends and family members gathered the Gator Room to celebrate the 2013-14 season with the Gators on Sunday afternoon.

 

Florida compiled a 20-13 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship, the program’s 14th appearance in the “Big Dance.”

 

A number of individual awards were presented to the Gators, who voted for the most deserving member of the squad for each non-statistical honor.

 

 

2013-14 Banquet Award Winners

The Dish Award (most assists) – Cassie Peoples

Most Improved Player – Kayla Lewis

Game Day Brick House Award – Kayla Lewis

Practice Brick House Award – Jaterra Bonds

Academic Achievement Award - Lily Svete

Mary Elliott Unsung Hero Award – Pam Begic

The Charge Award (most charges taken) - Carlie Needles

Most Valuable Player - Jaterra Bonds

 

 

Additional Team Honors, Notes & Highlights from the 2013-14 Season

TEAM

·         Advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the ninth time in program history

·         Received votes in the final 2013-14 ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

·         Posted 14th 20-win season in program history; fourth consecutive season

·         Earned the program’s 14th NCAA Tournament berth, as well as the 21st postseason berth (14 NCAA, 7 WNIT & NWIT)

·         For the fourth consecutive year the Gators won their first game in the SEC Tournament.

·         Finished fifth in the SEC regular-season standings, the Gator’s best finish since the 2008-09 season when the team tied for fourth.

·         Earned No. 5 Seed in the SEC Tournament - just ninth time with a five-seed or higher in the 34-year history of the event; highest since No. 4 seed in 2009

·         Feb. 27 win at Vanderbilt was just the team’s seventh ever at Memorial Gym in 23 games

·         All three of UF’s wins vs. ranked teams this year have been when the Gators were unranked.

·         The Feb. 9 victory vs. No. 15/13 Kentucky marked UF’s 31st win in program history against a ranked team when the Gators were unranked.

·         This is the 12th season UF and Kentucky have met multiple times and only the third time the Gators have swept the season series (other Gator sweeps: 1997-98 and 1984-85)

·         Defeated ranked opponents in consecutive games for first time (No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 5, No. 25 Arkansas on Jan. 9) since 2003-04 season

·         Earned back-to-back wins vs. ranked opponents for first time since 2008-09 season, however, those games we not played consecutively

·         Earned first win vs. top-10 team top-10 team since Feb. 26, 2006 (def. No. 6 Kentucky, Jan. 5, 2014)

·         Posted 29th upset win vs. a ranked team when UF was unranked (def. No. 6 Kentucky, Jan. 5)

·         Collected first win vs. ranked team since March 18, 2012 vs. No. 16 Ohio State in NCAA First Round (def. No. 6 Kentucky, Jan. 5)

·         Compiled nine-game win streak, tied for the fourth-longest in program history

·         Posted first undefeated record in December (6-0) since the 2008-09 season

·         Recorded consecutive 100-plus scoring games for the second time in program history (also during 1994-95 season)

·         Scored 100-plus points in a game for the first time since a 100-54 win vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 28, 2000 (def. Troy, 104-74, Dec. 4)

·         Seven Gators tallied double-figure scoring effort vs. Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 8) - most in program history; repeated the effort against Saint Francis (Dec. 19)

 

INDIVIDUALS

Amanda Butler

·         Won 175th game in nine-year overall head coaching career (d. Alabama, 75-67, Jan. 30)

·         Earned first win vs. Top-10 opponent (d. No. 6 Kentucky, Jan. 5, 2014; 83-73)

·         Collected 125th win as UF head coach (Nov. 30 vs. Oregon State); 165th of nine-year career

 

Antoinette Bannister

·         SEC Academic Honor Roll

 

Jaterra Bonds

·         First Team All-SEC (Coaches Team)

·         Second Team All-SEC (media)

·         Broke her own UF season record for made free throws in a season (was 140 in 2012-13)

·         Set UF record for career minutes played (was 3,987 by Murriel Page, 1994-98)

·         10th Gator to score 1,500 career points (reached milestone Feb. 23 at South Carolina)

·         13th Gator to score 1,400 career points (reached milestone Jan. 23 vs. Auburn)

·         NATIONAL Player of the Week by www.CollegeSportsMadness.com (Jan. 5)

·         SEC Player of the Week (awarded Jan. 5)

·         SEC Player of the Week (Dec. 30)

·         Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team

·         Preseason Second-Team All-SEC (coaches)

 

Viktorija Dimiate

·         SEC Academic Honor Roll

 

Kayla Lewis

·         SEC Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 10)

·         Madness SEC Player of the Week by www.CollegeSportsMadness.com (Feb. 3)

 

Christin Mercer

·         Gator Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team

·         31 points vs. FIU (Dec. 21) - Became first Gator since Jan. 8, 2009 to score 30+ points in a game; became just 16th different Gator to score at least 30 points in a game

 

January Miller

·         SEC Academic Honor Roll

 

Carlie Needles

·         SEC Academic Honor Roll

 

Cassie Peoples

·         Gator Holiday Classic MVP

 

Lily Svete

·         Capital One Academic All-District 4 team

·         Ranked No. 4 in program history for Three-Point FG Percentage in a season (36.0% (50-139)

·         Ranked No. 4 in program history for Three-Point FG Percentage in a season by a Senior

 

Ronni Williams

·         SEC All-Freshman Team (Coaches Team)

·         SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 3)

·         CSS’s Geico Go To Player of the Game vs. Kentucky (Jan. 5)

·         SEC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 11)

·         17 rebounds in season-opener most in Gator debut (was 13 boards by junior Courtney Cooper on Nov. 16, 2001, and sophomore Benita Locklear on Dec. 4, 1976)

·         Second freshman ever to net double-double (15 points, 17 rebounds) in Gator debut (Tammy Jackson, 13 points and 12 rebounds vs. Virginia on Nov. 20, 1981)

 

 

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