Florida women to host Old Dominion tonight
Less than 72 hours after winning its first tournament at the Dead River Classic in Maine, the Florida women's basketball team will be back on the court when it hosts Old Dominion at 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.
The Gators are 5-1 this season and on a three-game win streak entering tonight's game - having earned three victories over a five-day span.
But the victories have come with stellar defense, holding opponents to 30 percent from the field. But Florida coach Amanda Butler said it's the Gators' defense that's a concern - Florida has converted just 33.3 percent (66-198) in the past three games, including a 29.1 percent (16-55) from the three-point arc and 48.7 percent (19-39) from the free throw line.
Old Dominion (3-1) has played games against Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Louisvill, and three of its four games have been decided by four points or less.
“Old Dominion is really, really good,'' Butler said. "They are one of those teams that year in and year out if you have them on your schedule that you’re going to have a quality opponent from a national perspective and this Old Dominion team certainly fits that description. They are very talented and return almost everyone from last season. (ODU Coach) Wendy Larry always has her team very prepared and dangerous in a lot of different ways. They have great balance and scorers at every spot. They do a really good job scoring in transition. I could go on and on about them.”
For more on the Gator women and what benefits Butler believes they are gaining from playing multiple preseason tournaments, listen here: