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Coach gets 100th victory for Gators

GAINESVILLE — Jennifer George had 19 points to lead four players in double figures, and Florida beat Georgia State 84-65 Sunday afternoon to give coach Amanda Butler her 100th win in her sixth season with the Gators.

George, who missed the Gators' season opener for undisclosed personal reasons, added eight rebounds. Jaterra Bonds had 17 points, Kayla Lewis 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and freshman Sydney Moss 10 points.

Florida (2-0) scored 40 off 28 Panthers turnovers. The Gators had 17 steals and held Georgia State to 25-of-74 (33.8 percent) shooting from the field.

"Georgia State is a very good team," said Butler, who joined Carol Ross as the only coaches to win 100 games at Florida. "They challenged us in a lot ways that we needed to be challenged, in particular on the boards.

"I think initially we kind of shrunk from that challenge, but we battled back and made some adjustments and started fighting back hard for the ball."

FSU 77, SAMFORD 42: Chasity Clayton had 20 points and 18 rebounds as the host Seminoles romped in their season opener. Florida State outrebounded the Bulldogs 54-21 overall, and Clayton's 12 in the first half matched Samford's total for the half. She became the first Seminole to grab 18 rebounds since Jacinta Monroe had 21 in 2006. "Everything was working," Clayton said.

Top 25

NO. 2 UCONN 103, CHARLESTON 39: Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 21 in her college debut, and the host Huskies won their 17th consecutive season opener.

NO. 4 STANFORD 92, SANTA CLARA 57: Chiney Ogwumike had 22 points, Joslyn Tinkle added 19 and Amber Orrange matched her career high with 18 for the visiting Cardinal (2-0).

NO. 5 MARYLAND 88, LOYOLA (MD.) 45: Tianna Hawkins scored 26 of her 33 in the first half, and the host Terrapins (2-0) cruised.

NO. 8 PENN ST. 72, HOWARD 61: Maggie Lucas scored 25, and the host Lions forced turnovers on six straight possessions late in the first half to spark a 14-0 run in their season opener.

NO. 9 L'VILLE 95, PORTLAND 48: Shoni Schimmel had 16 points for the host Cardinals (2-0), who opened the game on a 17-2 run and never trailed.

NO. 10 GEORGIA 57, RUTGERS 51: Khaalidah Miller's 12 points led a balanced scoring effort for the host Bulldogs in their season opener.

G'TOWN 62, NO. 11 DELAWARE 56: Sugar Rodgers had 35 points and five steals as the visiting Hoyas upset the Blue Hens (1-1), whose leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne, sat out a second game with symptoms of Lyme disease.

NO. 14 ST. JOHN'S 72, UCF 54: Shenneika Smith had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Red Storm bounced back from an opening-game loss, routing the Knights (0-2) in Daytona Beach.

NO. 18 NEB. 64, TEMPLE 39: Jordan Hooper scored 12 to lead a balanced offense for the host Cornhuskers (2-0).

NO. 20 TENN. 71, NO. 22 GA. TECH 54: Bashaara Graves had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the visiting Vols bounced back from their season-opening loss and spoiled the Yellow Jackets' debut in McCamish Pavilion.

Coach gets 100th victory for Gators 11/11/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:24pm]
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