Florida women advance to WNIT semifinals
Florida freshman Sydney Moss scored a game-high 27 points and junior Jaterra Bonds added 20 - including the final four points from the free throw line with 23.4 seconds remaining to give Florida an 85-80 victory over James Madison in the WNIT semifinals Saturday night.
Florida will play either Auburn (19-14) or Drexel (25-10) in the national semifinals on either April 3 or 4 on a campus site to be determined.
The game featured 16 lead changes and 10 ties. Florida (22-14) managed to survive the loss of its only senior, Jennifer George, who fouled out with 8:25 remaining and the loss of sophomore Kayla Lewis who left the game with an injury with 15:59 to play. The Gators finished the game with just six players.
“Our team is playing with a tremendous amount of determination and heart,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I’m just so proud of their toughness because with Kayla sitting on the bench with her ankle swelling up and Jennifer having to play with four fouls before fouling out with eight minutes left and us just having six players and trying to figure out who to play where. I just think it was a tremendous display of toughness and will and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Moss, who has scored in double-figures in seven consecutive games, finished one-point shy of her career-high. Bonds had a team-best five assists, and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line in the second half.