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Florida women try to end two-game losing streak when the Gators host Ole Miss tonight



The Florida women's basketball looks to halt a two-game losing streak when it hosts Ole Miss tonight at 7  - the final game in a three-game homestand.

The Gators have lost their last two games by a combined 11 points to nationally-ranked opponents. 

Ole Miss enters the game coming off a 73-72 overtime loss, and is also trying to end a five-gme losing streak. The Rebels are led by acting coach Brett Frank, who took over after former head coach Adrian Wiggins was dismissed earlier this season due to alleged recruiting violations.

“Ole Miss is really impressive with how inspired they are playing in spite of the adversity they face,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I think they are playing with a tremendous amount of pride. Our level of play shouldn’t change whether there is a (ranking) number in front of a team’s name. That can’t impact who we are, possession by possession and the energy we use to set the tone.”

All five of the Gators' SEC games this season have been decided by eight points or less, including its most recent outing - a 52-44 loss to No. 19/18 South Carolina on Sunday. Overall, nine of Florida’s games this season have been decided by 10 points or less (5-4 record).

The Gators need to take advantage of tonight's home-court opportunity because they are about to begin a five-game run with four road games. Florida is 9-2 at home this season.

“We have to handle our business, especially at home,” Butler said. “We have to understand how important it is to defend our home court. I know we’re going to be excited to play.”

Senior Jennifer George, who was injured Jan. 13 vs. Tennessee, did not play this past Sunday and is considered a game-time decision for tonight's game.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 11:48am]


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