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Florida Gators 2012-13 women's basketball preview

Florida women

Coach: Amanda Butler (98-67, sixth season at Florida; 138-89 overall)

Last season: 20-13, 8-8 (eighth in SEC); advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament

Notable: The Gators begin the season with seven newcomers, including six freshmen, so Butler says she has no idea what to expect from this group. However, she said that based on its work ethic in preseason, she believes if the team can jell quickly enough, the Gators will be competitive. Florida will get leadership from All-SEC forward Jennifer George, the team's only senior. George will get help inside from Oklahoma State transfer Vicky McIntyre, a 6-foot-7 junior who can rebound and post up and has good ball-handling skills, and 6-4 Viktorija Dimaite. Junior G Jaterra Bonds, who has played every game since she arrived, brings scoring and the role of floor general.

Roster

No. Player Ht. Cl. Pos.

3 January Miller 5-8 Fr. G

4 Carlie Needles 5-6 RFr. G

5 Chandler Cooper 5-11 Fr. G

10 Jaterra Bonds 5-7 Jr. G

13 Cassie Peoples 5-6 RFr. G

15 Viktorija Dimaite 6-4 RFr. C

22 Kayla Lewis 6-0 So. G

25 Christin Mercer 6-0 Fr. F

31 Lily Svete 6-2 RJr. F

32 Jennifer George 6-0 Sr. F

34 Vicky McIntyre 6-7 Jr. C

40 Sydney Moss 5-11 Fr. G/F

Schedule

FridayFairfield, 4

SundayGeorgia State, 1

Nov. 15 at Florida State, 7

Nov. 19 North Florida, 7

Nov. 23

vs. N.C. State (Las Vegas), 5:30

Nov. 24

vs. Northern Iowa (Las Vegas), 3

Nov. 25

vs. Arizona State (Las Vegas) 3

Dec. 1 at Michigan, 2 p.m.

Dec. 4 Troy, 7

Dec. 7 Pacific, 7

Dec. 16 at LaSalle (Philadelphia), 2

Dec. 20 Savannah State, 7

Dec. 21

Central Michigan or St. Joe's, 7

Dec. 28 Holy Cross, 7

Jan. 3 at Kentucky, 7

Jan. 6 LSU, 2

Jan. 10 at Mississippi State, 8

Jan. 13 Tennessee, 11:30

Jan. 20 South Carolina, 1

Jan. 24 Mississippi, 7

Jan. 27 at Georgia, 1

Jan. 31 at Missouri, 8

Feb. 3 Alabama, 1

Feb. 10 at Auburn, 3

Feb. 14 at Texas A&M, 9

Feb. 17 Georgia, 1

Feb. 21 Vanderbilt, 7

Feb. 24 at Alabama, 3

Feb. 28 Arkansas, 7

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Florida Gators 2012-13 women's basketball preview 11/07/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 8:56pm]
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