Florida women advance to WNIT second round
Led by a game-high 18 points from Jordan Jones and a smothering defense that held UMBC to five field goals in the second half, the Florida women's basketball team defeated UMBC 59-47 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament Friday in the O’Connell Center.
The Gators (19-14) advance to the WNIT second round where they will play at Florida Gulf Coast (28-3) on Monday at 7 p.m.
The Eagles defeated Drexel, 73-67, in their opening-round game, extending their home winning streak to 42 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak in the country behind Connecticut (81) and Stanford (61).
“Obviously, we are very pleased to be able to win and play another day,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “There are a lot of things
we have to do better and you never know when you have such a huge gap between games (the Gators hadn't played since the SEC tournament two weeks ago), what will happen. We had fantastic practices, but it is a little bit different practicing hard and bringing it to the games. It took us a second to get going but the second half was a little bit more of what we wanted to see based on the practices and preparation that we had.”