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Florida Gators women's basketball preview 2010-11

ROSTER

No. Player Ht. Pos. Yr.

3 Lanita Bartley 5-6 G Jr.

10 Jaterra Bonds 5-7 G Fr.

12 Deana Allen 5-9 G Jr.

13 Azania Stewart 6-4 C Jr.

14 Ndidi Madu 6-1 F R-Jr.

22 Kayla Lewis 5-11 G Fr.

23 Brittany Shine 5-10 G Fr.

24 Deaundra Young 6-2 F Fr.

31 Lily Svete 6-2 F R-Fr.

32 Jennifer George 6-0 F So.

33 Jordan Jones 5-9 G R-Jr.

50 Ebonie Crawford 6-3 C Sr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 13 UCF (First round WNIT), 4

Nov. 14-15 WNIT second round, TBA

Nov. 17-18 WNIT second round, TBA

Nov. 19-20 WNIT consolation, TBA

Nov. 21 WNIT championship, TBA

Nov. 23 North Florida, 4:30

Nov. 26 South Alabama, 4

Nov. 27 Maine or Navy, TBA

Nov. 30 Old Dominion, 7

Dec. 4 Providence, 4

Dec. 5 Brown, 2

Dec. 7 Harvard, 7

Dec. 10 at Hampton, 6

Dec. 20 Alabama State, 7:30

Dec. 21 Robert Morris or Texas A&M-CC, 4:30

Dec. 28 at Florida State, 7

Jan. 2 Arkansas, 1

Jan. 6 at Auburn, 7

Jan. 9 at South Carolina, 3

Jan. 13 Tennessee, 7

Jan. 16 at Georgia, 2

Jan. 20 Kentucky, 7

Jan. 23 at LSU, 3

Jan. 27 Alabama, 7

Jan. 30 at Mississippi State, 2

Feb. 3 Mississippi, 7

Feb. 6 Vanderbilt, 1

Feb. 10 at Tennessee, 7

Feb. 13 at Alabama, 2

Feb. 20 Mississippi State, 4:30

Feb. 24 at Vanderbilt, 9

Feb. 27 Georgia, 2

March 3-6 SEC Tournament (Nashville)

Coach: Amanda Butler (58-39, fourth season at Florida; 98-61 overall)

Last season: 15-17, 7-9 (tied for seventh in SEC)

Notable: The Gators lost eight letterwinners from last year's team that finished below .500 and enter this season with just one senior. Junior C Azania Stewart, who missed the last five regular-season games with a fractured foot, spent the summer on the Great Britain national team and is finally healthy. F Jennifer George is coming off an All-SEC freshman season, and the Gators' lone returning guard and 3-point specialist Jordan Jones is hoping to improve upon last season, her first with the Gators after sitting out a year as a transfer from South Carolina. Florida has three touted freshmen who should provide skill and depth for Butler, who loves her teams to play uptempo and extremely physically. But Butler's biggest acquisition may be former UF All-American Murriel Page, who joins the staff as an assistant coach. She brings 11 years of WNBA experience and should be a great help to the Gators' post players. "They're very eager to learn and are just trying to be on the court as much as they can," Butler said of her players. "From a coach's standpoint, that's what you want: kids that you have to kick out of the gym, not ones that you have to drag in."

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Florida Gators women's basketball preview 2010-11 11/05/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 7:45pm]
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