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Antonya English

Florida women's basketball team trying to salvage disappointing season

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February

The Florida women's basketball team will use the next several days off to try and figure a way to salvage what has turned into an extremely disappointing season for the Gators.

Florida has a midweek bye, before hosting Mississippi State on Sunday, and the Gators are hoping to work out some of their problems in an effort to make a strong stretch run in the regular season and SEC Tournament.

The Gators (14-13, 4-9 SEC) are on a four-game losing streak in a season that has been filled with near-misses. Sixteen of UF's 26 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, and 11 have been decided by six points. Florida is 9-7 in those games decided by 10 or less.

“Obviously we’ve got some adjustments we need to make, and I don’t think our bye week could come at a better time,’’ assistant coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick said. “The good thing is we’ve got two of our last three games at home, and we’re looking to take advantage of that going into the conference tournament.’’

Although Florida has a roster of young players, admittedly they had expected to be better than this - in danger of missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.

"At 14-13 we're not happy with where we are,'' Mock Kirkpatrick said. "But the positive thing is we do have a lot of basketball left to play. We did a lot of talking with the team (Sunday night) about the adjustments we need to make both on and off the court to still accomplish some of the goals we had set out at the beginning of the season. But yes, we'd obviously hoped that our record would be different right now. We've lost a lot of close games that could have gone our way with just little adjustments. . . We don't have that one or two players that are taking over offensively so we know we have to do the little things - setting screens, getting rebounds, playing great defense - those things that are really vital. We need everyone, it's got to be a collective effort for us to win and it's getting the kids to understand that.''

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 11:08am]

    

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