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Florida women beat Temple in NCAA basketball opener

STORRS, Conn. — Florida matched a school record for victories in a season on Sunday. Breaking that record will be a much bigger challenge.

Sha Brooks scored 18 points and the eighth-seeded Gators beat Temple 70-57 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's Trenton Region.

The Gators next gets undefeated and top-seeded Connecticut — at its home no less — after the Huskies routed Vermont 104-65.

"We're happy to be in that situation," said Marshae Dotson, who scored 13 for the Gators. "We have to play better than we did today. We're really going to have to put two great halves together to be prepared for Tuesday."

Steffi Sorensen had 13 points and 13 rebounds for UF (24-7), which led 43-39 in the second half before scoring nine straight to take control.

"We came out and shot the ball well and stayed composed," Sorensen said.

Temple used its press to try to get back into it. But the Owls were 0-for-12 from 3-point range, while Florida hit 6 of 13 from behind the arc.

"I just think today wasn't a good offensive game for us overall," said Temple's Lakeisha Eaddy, who was held to two points on 1-of-9 shooting. "It wasn't just shooting 3s, it was just not doing everything right that we do on a daily basis."

Shenita Landry scored 13 for the No. 9 seed Owls (21-10).

After watching their Huskies, many UConn fans at Gampel Pavilion stayed to root for the Owls, who are coached by former UConn assistant Tonya Cardoza.

Florida 70

Temple 57

Florida women beat Temple in NCAA basketball opener 03/22/09 [Last modified: Sunday, March 22, 2009 7:01pm]
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