Gator Women Fall on the Road to No. 12 LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. – Junior Kayla Lewis (Decatur, Ga.) posted her third double-double of the year and sixth of her career but Florida couldn’t overcome a poor first half en route to an 82-68 loss at No. 12/13 LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center Sunday afternoon.
The Gators had their nine-game win streak snapped but will have a week to regroup thanks to a Thursday-bye from action and return to the court on Sunday, Jan. 19 when they play host to No. 25 Georgia at 1 p.m. ET.
Florida was able to whittle a 19-point deficit (52-33) with 15:47 remaining down to seven points with 8:16 to go and again with 7:07 remaining, but the Lady Tigers used a 9-2 run to build a 73-59 advantage with 4:49 on the clock to quell the Gator momentum.
Jaterra Bonds, who scored all of her 11 points in the second half, hit a pair of free throws and Cassie Peoples, who finished with a game-high 22 points, knocked down three from the charity stripe and had Florida within nine points (73-64) with 4:49 to go, but LSU answered each score with one of its own to improve to 7-1 at home this year.
Carlie Needles scored a season-high 17 points, nailing 5-of-8 from the three-point arc, which also was her season-best from long range, as her scoring output was her career-best in a Southeastern Conference regular-season game and marked her second double-digit scoring effort in a league outing.
Lewis finished with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, collecting seven of UF’s 10 offensive boards during the game.
Florida did outscore LSU, 43-42, in the second half, when the Gators shot an improved 37.9 percent and finished the game with a 30.4 percent mark (17-56).
The significant difference in the game was on the boards, where LSU enjoyed the overwhelming 50-29 advantage that resulted in a 26-5 second-chance point margin.
Florida struggled with its shot during the first half, hitting just 6-of-27 for 22.2 percent, while LSU hit 50 percent of its tries and held a commanding 23-14 rebounding advantage.
LSU used first-half runs of 10-0 and two different 8-0 spurts to take a solid 40-25 halftime lead.
The Gators were able to whittle a 14-2 deficit to seven points with Carlie Needles hitting a three-pointer, Lily Svete connecting on one free throw and Cassie Peoples completing the first three-point-play of her career and Florida was within 16-9.
LSU answered with an 8-0 march over a 1:31 span and its lead ballooned to 15 points with 8:28 to go in the opening frame.
The teams traded buckets for the next 2:16 before Peoples hit four straight free throws and brought the Gator within 10 points, 30-20, with 5:17 on the clock.
The Lady Tigers again answered with an 8-0 run and built a 38-20 lead with 2:11 remaining.
Florida scored the next five points and was within 13, but LSU hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds remaining to end the period’s scoring.
LSU was led in scoring by Theresa Plaisance’s 19 points, while Danielle Ballard added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Shanece McKinney chipped in 10.
Quotes from the Court
UF Head Coach Amanda Butler opening remarks:
“LSU played a fantastic game and you have to give them a lot of credit, especially for the way they came out and set the tone. We were chasing from the beginning and that’s not the way our team plays best. Once they got up on us, they did a good job of keeping their foot on the gas to make it very hard for us to creep back in. Our second-half effort was fantastic, but that’s not enough when you’re playing a team in this league, on their home court.”
Butler on the rebounding difference:
“We certainly were very aware of that and it’s always a challenge for our team. If you look at the statistics, though, the places where you would have assumed we would have been weakest was inside, giving up so much size to (Theresa) Plaisnace and (Shanece) McKinney. Their leading rebounders were (Danielle) Ballard and (Raigyne) Moncrief. They are great, great players, but it’s preventable to keep guards from rebounding when you’re giving up so much size. I was really disappointed with our rebounding effort. I didn’t think we did a good job of boxing out the shooter, which is the most preventable play. We didn’t do a good job fundamentally of being rebounders tonight.”
Updated Records: Florida 13-4, 3-1 SEC … LSU 13-3, 2-1 SEC
Numbers of Note
· Jaterra Bonds’ first made free throw of the game (13:24 remaining in the game) was the 343rd of her career and moved her into a tie for third place in Gator history with Tamara Stocks (1997-2001)
· Bonds’ second made free throw of the game (13:24 remaining in the game) was the 344th of her career and moved her into sole possession of third place in Gator history
· All seven Gators who suited up for the game, scored; 11th time this year everyone scored
· Carlie Needles scored a career-high 17 points in an SEC game (was 11 vs. Tennessee, Jan. 11, 2012)
· Kayla Lewis collected a career-high 17 rebounds (was 15 at Troy, Dec. 4, 2013)
· Cassie Peoples scored 20+ points for the third time in her career; 10th double-figure scoring game
· Kayla Lewis posted her third double-double of the year; sixth of career
· Lewis scored in double-figures for sixth time this year; 22nd time in career
· Lewis collected a career-high 17 rebounds, her seventh game this year with double-digits and 12th in career
· Carlie Needles posted her fifth double-figure scoring game of the year; 11th of career
· UF had its nine-game win streak snapped; was longest since 2008-09 season
· Jaterra Bonds extended her made free throw streak to 15 (7-7 today)
· Cassie Peoples extended her made free throw streak to 12 (10-10 today)
· Bonds scored in double-figures for the sixth straight game
· January Miller scored for the 46th consecutive game, longest active streak on team
· Gators used starting five of: Lily Svete, Kayla Lewis, Jaterra Bonds, Cassie Peoples and January Miller for seventh consecutive game
· Bonds started the 100th game of her career; 87th consecutive start
· Svete started the 50th game of her career; 32nd consecutive start
· Lewis started 45th game of her career; every game this season
Georgia (12-5, 0-4 SEC*) at Florida (13-4, 3-1 SEC)
Stephen C. O’Connell Center (11,
Sun., January 19 * 1 p.m. ET
*Georgia will play host to Arkansas on Jan. 16 prior to Sunday’s game vs. Florida
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Additional Hoopla for the Game
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· Family 4 Pack Sunday: Receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $20.
· Faith and Family Sunday: Fans who bring a church bulletin will receive 2-for-1 general admission seating (offer limited to 1 per family
· Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Double Points Day!: Students can earn 8 points for scanning in at Gate 1.
· It’s Great Shirts: The first 500 fans receive a free “It’s Great” T-Shirt.
· Shoot Around with the Gators: The first 100 BackCourt Club members and Women’s Basketball season ticket holders are invited to “Shoot Around with the Gators” at 9 am. Come enjoy free breakfast, check out the team’s practice as they make final preparations for tip-off and get first-hand knowledge about the game during a chalk talk with Head Coach Amanda Butler after practice. RSVP by e-mailing Nolan Gauvreau (NolanG@Gators.ufl.edu).
· Campus Challenge: Elite 8: Campus Challenge is back for the 2014 conference season. Students of participating residence halls will have a chance to win great prizes throughout the tournament. Today’s quarterfinal matchups are: Broward vs. Rawlings and Reid-Yulee-Mallory; Beaty vs. Jennings.. Students will be entered to win Publix and Best Buy gift cards and the residence hall(s) with the highest attendance will advance to the final four.
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