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Florida women to face No. 1 Kentucky in SEC Tournament



The Florida women's basketball team will play top-seeded and No. 9 Tennessee today in the quarterfinals of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.

Florida advanced after defeating Arkansas 64-59 on Thursday. The Gators fought back from an 11-point second-half deficit for the victory.

The Gators and Vols will tipoff at Noon today. The game will be televised live on SportSouth, FS Southwest and Sun Sports. 

Florida lost to Tennessee, 78-75 in overtime on Jan. 13 in Gainesville.

The Gators are 3-45 all-time against the Lady Vols, including an 0-8 record in SEC Tournament games. But Florida coach Amanda Butler said she believes the team is more confident because of the way they played in the loss earlier this season.

"I think we take great confidence from that game,'' Butler said. "It could have gone either way. I think we have great explanations at this point in our season for why it didn't go our way. We learned some tough lessons on that matchup. There was a lot of things we learned and drew confidence from. We had to play over half of the ballgame without Jennifer being an option on the floor. Jaterra's leadership was fantastic. It gives us some familiarity that everybody has with one another at this point. But I'm going to just tail off of what Jaterra said. I think what happened before really doesn't have as much of a factor, as much of an impact. (Today) will be about who is more ready, who has an expectation of winning, and who puts up the greatest fight.

[Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 1:01am]


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