Florida women fall to No. 4 Tennessee in waning seconds
With 7:33 remaining in Thursday night's game against No. 4 Tennessee, the Florida women looked as if they had solid command of the game.
But you can never count the Tennessee Vols out.
With Florida center Azania Stewart on the bench with four fouls and 5:27 remaining in the game, Tennessee went on a 10-2 run to take a 64-62 lead.
Then with the game tied at 64, Vols' guard Angie Bjorklund took a pass from Glory Johnson on a broken play, and drove the baseline for a layup with 2.3 seconds remaining to give Tennessee a 66-64 come-from-behind win over Florida Thursday night in front of 4,103 at the O’Connell Center.
“Not even close,’’ Bjorkland, who was 3-of-11 from the field, said when asked if the basket was scored on a designed play. “It was initially to get our posts the ball, simple cross screen and I don’t know, it just broke down. I saw Glory (Johnson) get doubled and I just cut to the hoop and it was open . . I’m definitely a shooter, I don’t shoot too many layups, so I’m glad it went in.’’
Florida (9-8, 2-2 SEC) had one final opportunity to win the game. Gator forward Sharielle Smith threw the inbounds pass to Steffi Sorenensen who lobbed it to senior guard Lonnika Thompson. But Thompson’s wide open jump shot hit the rim and bounced out securing the win for the Vols (15-1, 3-0).
“I think everybody in the gym thought we were going to be on ESPN tonight by hitting that buzzer beater and pulling the upset off,’’ Florida coach Amanda Butler said.
The Gators will play Mississippi State Sunday at 2 p.m.