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Gators women's basketball preview

Coach: Amanda Butler (120-82, six seasons at Florida; 160-104, eight seasons overall)

Last season: 20-15, 6-10 (tied for eighth in SEC)

Notable: The loss of sophomore Viktorija Dimaite to a second torn ACL means the Gators will begin the season with just nine players, so staying healthy will be paramount. The roster includes just two seniors, led by All-SEC G Jaterra Bonds. It doesn't include last year's SEC freshman of the year, Sydney Moss, who transferred last summer. But Butler is optimistic, saying the chemistry built by the smaller roster may serve as an advantage for Florida. "That is one of the advantages of having a smaller group," Butler said. "We are able to have some connections that are more intimate and a little bit tighter than if you have a bigger group. They really have to operate as a family, and they really have to dwell on that chemistry piece of the puzzle that they are going to be special, and they know. I do think it gives you an advantage when the group is not as big. Very early they identified that as something they want to be a strength of this team."

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.
1 Ronni Williams 6-0 G/F Fr.
3 January Miller 5-8 G So.
4 Carlie Needles 5-6 G So.
10 Jaterra Bonds 5-7 G Sr.
13 Cassie Peoples 5-6 G So.
15 Viktorija Dimaite 6-4 C So.
20 Antoinette Bannister 5-10 G So.
22 Kayla Lewis 6-0 G Jr.
25 Christin Mercer 6-0 F So.
31 Lily Svete 6-2 F Sr.


Friday Bethune-Cookman, 5:15

Sunday North Florida, 2

Nov. 14 at Virginia Tech, 7

Nov. 17 at Kennesaw State, 2

Nov. 21 Florida State, 5

Nov. 26 St. John's, 7

Nov. 29 Illinois State, 1

Nov. 30 Oregon State

or Penn State, TBA

Dec. 4 at Troy, 8

Dec. 17 St. Francis, 6

Dec. 20 Tennessee State, 7

Dec. 21 FIU or La Salle, 7

Dec. 28 Georgetown, 2

Jan. 2 Mississippi State, 7

Jan. 5 at Kentucky, 3

Jan. 9 Arkansas, 7

Jan. 12 at LSU, 1

Jan. 19 Georgia, 1

Jan. 23 at Tennessee, 6:30

Jan. 26 Auburn, 3

Jan. 30 Alabama, 7

Feb. 2 at Mississippi, 2

Feb. 6 at Arkansas, 8

Feb. 9 Kentucky, noon

Feb. 16 at Georgia, 1

Feb. 20 Missouri, 7

Feb. 23 at South Carolina, 1

Feb. 27 at Vanderbilt, 8

March 2 Texas A&M, 1

March 5-9 SEC tournament

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Gators women's basketball preview 11/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:03pm]
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