FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 82, FLORIDA 49
STARKVILLE, MS- Florida’s women’s basketball team suffered their worst loss in a long time on Thursday at the hands of Mississippi State. Florida turned the ball over 27 times while only forcing the Lady Bulldogs into 10 turnovers. Mississippi State showed the Gators why they are ranked inside the top 5, as they raced to an early lead, forcing an early timeout by Florida head coach Amanda Butler. Florida had no answer, and found themselves down by 15 at the first intermission.
Freshman Delicia Washington scored 17 points and collected 6 rebounds to lead Florida. Senior Ronni Williams was the only other Gator in double figures with 11 points. Junior leader Haley Lorenzen was limited to 3 points on 1-5 shooting in 30 minutes of play.
Florida was again playing with a short bench, and had two players foul out (Lorenzen, Fleming), while two other players finished the game with four fouls (Williams, Washington). Florida got a combined 48 minutes from her three bench players, but only Sydney Morang scored. Morang finished with 4 points on 1-5 shooting.
The Lady Bulldogs were led by 6-foot-7 sophomore Teaira McCowan off the bench. McCowan played 24 minutes and scored a career-high 25 points on 12-13 shooting. Victoria Vivians added 21 points. Mississippi State is now 18-0 on the season and 4-0 in SEC play.
Florida falls to 9-8 overall and 0-4 during the SEC season. Florida will face 13-4 Texas A&M in Gainesville on Sunday.
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JANUARY 15, 2017 at 1:00 PM