Florida women defeat Arkansas in first round of SEC Basketball Tournament
Five Gators scored in double figures to help Florida defeat Arkansas 68-59 in the opening round of today's SEC Women's Basketball Tournament in Nashville.
It was the Gators' first win the SEC Tournament since 2008, when the Florida earned a 71-57 win over South Carolina in Nashville.
“We came in with a lot of momentum,'' UF coach Amanda Butler said. "I think we played that way in the first half, really seemed like for a while we may just have this game in hand. Arkansas is a great program. (Arkansas Coach Collen) Tom does a great job. To be able to hold them off, with as many offensive weapons they have, to play the type of defense down the stretch to get the win, I’m really proud of our team and the guts we showed, in particular to make the plays to finish it off.”
Junior guard Deana Allen, junior forward Ndidi Madu and sophomore forward Jennifer George led UF in scoring against Arkansas with 12 points each. Arkansas put together a 17-0 run to tie the game at 28, but Florida responded with an 8-0 run. Junior guard Jordan Jones scored her 1,000th career point with a 3-pointer at the 1:47 mark of the first half. She finished the game with 11 points and 1,000 for her career. It was the 13th time this season she's scored in double figures.
With the win Florida advances to face No. 1 seed Tennessee on Friday at 1 p.m. The Vols are undefeated in league play this season, including two victories over the Gators.