Florida women's basketball team falls to Michigan in season-opener
Senior guard Jordan Jones hit a career-tying five three-pointers and rallied for 21 points – just shy of a her
UF career-high 25, but it was not enough as the Gators fell 69-66 to Michigan tonight.
It was a game that had 29 lead changes and 13 ties. The Gators rallied for 10 three-pointers from five different players, led by Jones.
“You have to give Michigan a lot of credit for the way they played and the way they executed,'' Florida coach Amanda Butler said. "They really looked like a solid and experienced veteran team. I thought they did an exceptional job of executing their game plan and what would be effective against us – I thought that we didn’t, plain and simple. I felt we didn’t do a good job of winning the paint. We shot way too many threes and a lot of them didn’t make sense. My biggest disappointment in how we played was that we didn’t pay enough attention
to our defensive game. Luckily, this is our first game and not our last and we have, obviously, a lot of areas to improve and a great opportunity to do that when we play again on Monday.”
ith just under three minutes left in regulation, Lanita Bartley scored on a layup to give Florida a 60-59 lead. But Michigan responded with a RachelSheffer jumper to take UM up, 61-60. Florid took a 62-61 lead with 2:03 remaining in the game, but Michigan's Carmen Reynolds hit a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a 64-62 lead.
Florida pulled to within 67-63 with 17.1 seconds remaining, but could not close the game out with a win.