Tough weekend for Gator basketball teams
It was an 0-2 weekend for the Florida men's and women's basketball teams.
On Saturday, the No. 13 Gator men lost 67-56 on the road against a struggling, unranked Tennessee team.
Then on Sunday, the Florida women suffered a 49-44 loss to South Carolina at the O'Connell Center. The women rallied from a 17-point first-half deficit, but ultimately fell short.
Junior forward Jennifer George had another spectacular performance in the losing effort. George scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds - and added a season-high six blocks. It was her eighth consecutive double-double, a run tied for the fourth longest in UF history and the longest of its kind since Murriel Page’s record-setting 13-game streak during the 1997-98 season.
Florida trailed 31-15 at halftime. The 15 points were the third fewest UF has scored in the first half of an SEC regular-season game. The Gators hit only 30.4 percent (7-23) from the floor during the opening half, and were further hampered by 14 turnovers.
"You have to give South Carolina a lot of credit with the way that first half went,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “That wasn't the story of the game, but it definitely set the tone and I give credit to them because we didn't come out ready to take care of our home floor and in this league it doesn't make any difference who you're playing, you're going to get punched in the mouth if you are not ready to go from the first whistle.”