BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Senior Lanita Bartley scored a career-high 28 and Florida hit 8 of 8 free throws in the final minute to seal an 82-73 victory over Charlotte on Saturday afternoon during the final day of the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic at LIU.
The Gators (5-1), who won their fifth straight game, also got 12 points each from Deana Allen and Jaterra Bonds, helping them avenge last year's season-ending loss in the third round of the WNIT to the 49ers (5-2).
Jennifer George had nine points and nine rebounds to help Florida win the rebounding battle 45-39 and take a 40-36 edge in the paint.
"We had another night of great individual performances, and I think that makes it really, really hard for teams to prepare for us," coach Amanda Butler said. "Most importantly, we won the battle in the paint, scoring and rebounding-wise."
UF overcame a seven-point deficit to tie the score at 56 with 10:28 left. Bonds snapped the tie with a 15-foot jumper, then pushed the ball up the floor and fed George, who converted for a 60-56 lead.
The Gators never trailed again.
TAMPA 79, W. GEORGIA 69: Illyssa Vivo had 24 points to lead four players in double figures for the Spartans (3-3), who won their second straight at the North Alabama Classic in Florence, Ala.
ECKERD 66, QUEENS 46: Kati Rausberg had 11 points for the host Tritons (3-1), who held the Royals to 22 percent shooting from the field to go 2-0 at their Thanksgiving Classic.
SAINT LEO 52, P.R.-MAYAGUEZ 38: Chelsea Williams had 17 points for the host Lions (4-0), who scored 16 off 24 Janes turnovers.
NO. 2 UCONN 90, BUFFALO 34: Tiffany Hayes had 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Huskies (5-0) in the World Vision Classic.
NO. 4 NOTRE DAME 56, NO. 7 DUKE 54: Natalie Novosel banked in a shot from the free-throw line with less than a second left, and the Irish (5-1) rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the Blue Devils (4-1) in the Junkanoo Jam final in Freeport, Bahamas.
NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 74, IOWA 58: Sydney Carter had 21 points to lead the Aggies (6-0) to the Lucaya Division crown of the Junkanoo Jam tournament in Freeport, Bahamas.
NO. 8 MARYLAND 114, CS-BAKERSFIELD 83: Laurin Mincy had 23 points to lead the Terps (7-0) at the FIU Thanksgiving Classic in Miami.
NO. 21 G'TOWN 64, NO. 10 GEORGIA 56: Sugar Rodgers had 23 points to lead the Hoyas (4-2) over the Bulldogs (4-1) in the first round of the Lady Rebel Round-Up in Las Vegas.
NO. 11 L'VILLE 86, FAMU 66: Monique Reid had 22 points and Becky Burke added 21 to help the visiting Cardinals (6-1) sweep Florida's capital city schools. Louisville beat FSU 85-76 Friday night.
VANDY 78, NO. 12 OKLA. 66: Jasmine Lister had 24 points, Christina Foggie added 21 and Vanderbilt beat the Sooners (3-1) at the Commodores Thanksgiving Tournament.
NO. 13 RUTGERS 59, ARIz. ST. 52: April Sykes had 14 points, Monique Oliver added 13 rebounds and the Scarlet Knights (6-0) held on to win the San Juan Shootout title in Puerto Rico.
NO. 19 TEXAS TECH 76, CENT. ARK. 43: Shauntal Nobles had 11 points off the bench and Kierra Mallard had 13 rebounds to lead the host Raiders (4-0) to their 800th victory.
NO. 22 UVA 60, HAWAII 43: Ataira Franklin had 14 points for the Cavaliers (5-1) in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.
NO. 24 TEXAS 61, CAL 60: Chassidy Fussell gave the Longhorns (4-1) their only lead when she scored with 1:11 left in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.
NO. 25 UCLA 68, COLGATE 48: Rebekah Gardner had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (3-2) in the consolation game of the Holiday Inn Thanksgiving Classic in Northridge, Calif. UCLA snapped a two-game skid.
MOURNING COWGIRLS WIN: Oklahoma State played its first game since the Nov. 17 plane crash that killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and two others, beating visiting Coppin State 59-35. The Cowgirls celebrated by standing arm in arm and singing the university's alma mater with the crowd. Interim coach Jim Littell and many players pointed toward the sky and went into the stands to hug Budke's wife and parents.