Gator Report

Antonya English

Florida women earn 65-63 victory over South Carolina

9

January

Following its 17 point loss to Auburn this past Thursday, the Florida women's basketball team rebounded Sunday with a thrilling 65-63 win over South Carolina - in a game that featured 13 lead changes and nine tied scores.

It was the Gators' first true road win of the season.

With 16.7 seconds remaining in the game, junior guard Lanita Bartley stole an inbounds pass underneath Florida’s basket and converted a three-point play to help the Gators seal the victory. Florida (12-5, 2-1 SEC) shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the field.

“We had huge plays down the stretch from some individuals,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I’m so proud of Lanita because she hadn’t played an especially good ballgame, but every time she came to the bench I kept telling her ‘you’re going to make the play. We just need you to stay intense and ready.’ It just so happens that she gets the huge and-one at the end that puts us ahead. I’m so proud of our composure at the end of the game because we practice late-game situations every day and I’m sure the team gets tired of it, but this is why you do it. It was just a reaction at the end.”

Florida will host No. 5 Tennessee on Thursday at 7 p.m., at the O’Connell Center.

[Last modified: Sunday, January 9, 2011 11:58pm]

    

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