GAINESVILLE — Sometimes survival has to suffice.
That's how Florida feels after struggling to get past a team it defeated by 26 earlier in the season.
Depree Bowden's jump shot put the Gators up by five with 1:20 to go and Marshae Dotson's offensive rebound sealed a 60-55 victory against Florida Gulf Coast in the WNIT second round Monday.
The Eagles made history by earning a WNIT berth in their first Division I season but fell short after trailing by 14 with 13:34 left.
"We are a much better team now," Florida Gulf Coast coach Karl Smesko said. "We still have lapses in play that were too long to win the game."
Florida will travel to Raleigh, N.C. to face North Carolina State in a third-round matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Wolfpack defeated South Carolina 72-69.
The Gators showed rust after a 17-day layoff, and foul trouble limited the minutes of post players Dotson and 6-foot-3 Aneika Henry. Florida overcame 1-of-17 shooting on 3-pointers.
Florida Gulf Coast led at the 5:20 mark in the first half then went nine minutes without a field goal.
"We knew that it was going to be a fight," Florida coach Amanda Butler said. "I wouldn't have been surprised with anything that would've happened except for us losing the ball game. I knew that our kids were not going to let that happen."
NO. 2 LSU 68, NO. 7 Marist 49: Sylvia Fowles had 19 points and 13 rebounds, becoming the SEC's all-time rebounding leader with 1,527, and the Tigers (29-5) ended a 22-game winning streak for the Red Foxes (32-3) in the second round of the New Orleans Region in Baton Rouge, La. Marist fell to 0-9 all time against the SEC, whose teams have ousted it from the tournament the past three seasons.
NO. 6 Pitt 67, NO. 3 Baylor 59: Shavonte Zellous scored 19 and had a key late rebound as the Panthers (24-10) upset the Bears (25-7) in the Spokane Region in Albuquerque, N.M. Baylor lost in the second round for the second year in a row.
NO. 4 Vanderbilt 64, NO. 5 West Virginia 46: Christina Wirth scored 21 for the Commodores (25-8) in the second round of the Spokane Region in Albuquerque, N.M. Olayinka Sanni led the Mountaineers (25-8) with 14 points.
NO. 6 GW 55, NO. 3 CAL 53: Sarah-Jo Lawrence rebounded a miss by Kimberly Beck and beat the buzzer from the baseline as George Washington (27-6) rallied in the second round of the Greensboro Region in Stanford, Calif. The winning shot was set up when Natasha Vital traveled while trying to call timeout for the Bears (27-7) with less than six seconds remaining.
NO. 2 Texas A&M 63, NO. 10 Hartford 39: Danielle Gant scored 21 on 9-of-11 shooting to lead the Aggies (28-7) in the second round of the New Orleans Region in Baton Rouge, La. Hartford (28-6) had a 10-game winning streak end.
SUMMITT SEEKS CHANGE: Tennessee coach Pat Summitt thinks it's time to consider new safety rules after seeing Oral Roberts guard Mariana Camargo crumple on top of a cheerleader's sign in Sunday's game.
UCONN: To coach Geno Auriemma, tonight's second-round game against Texas is not about the Longhorns. "If we play our 'A' game, we're going to win," he said. "If we lose, it's because we didn't play well enough."
GEORGIA: Cheerleader Christine Conley was released from the hospital, a day after she hit her head hard on the court. She sustained an injury consistent with a concussion and was discharged from Sentara Norfolk (Va.) General Hospital. The senior is expected to make a full recovery.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.