Florida women advance to SEC Tournament quarterfinals with win over Auburn
Led by 17 points from senior Jordan Jones and a double-double by junior Jennifer George, Florida earned its second win of the season over Auburn Thursday afternoon - a 70-60 victory in the opening game of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament in Nashville.
The eighth-seeded Gators (19-11) will play No. 10 and top-seed Kentucky (24-5) in the quarterfinals on Friday at 1 p.m. The game
will be televised by FSN and will air on FS Florida throughout the state of Florida. It will be the third-ever meeting between Florida and Kentucky at the SEC Tournament, with the Gators winning in the first round in 1987 and the Wildcats won a 2006 quarterfinal game.
Florida shot just 35.4 percent from the field in the game.
“I was proud of the way we played collectively because it’s hard to keep playing hard when you’re not playing as perfect as you want to,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I thought we did a good job of maintaining our composure, the push at the end, stepping up to the free throw line and having a lot of poise and knocking down those ones that really kept them from really getting in striking distance.”
Kentucky won both regular season games against the Gators this season - by just a combined eight points. Kentucky defeated the Gators 59-56 in the first game on New Year's Day, then won 57-52 in Lexington on Jan. 22. Kentucky has won four straight against the Gators, with each of the last three decided by five points or less. UK has won five of the last six decisions, as well as seven of the last nine against UF.
“They were close,” Butler said of this year's games. “A couple possessions here and there. We know we’re going to have to handle
their pressure, be ready not to back down. I’m sure we’re going to watch a lot of film tonight, so it will be an exciting game tomorrow.”