FINAL: FLORIDA 82, GEORGIA STATE 66
GAINESVILLE, FL- The University of Florida women’s basketball team ushered in a new era on Saturday with an 82-66 victory over Georgia State. Florida head coach Cameron Newbauer became the first coach hired under Athletic Director Scott Stricklin after the firing of Amanda Butler at the conclusion of last season.
Georgia State jumped on Florida at the beginning of the game with a 8-0 run to start the contest. Florida showed resiliency and fought back, and by the end of the first quarter the score was tied at 20. The Gators dominated much of the game by shooting at a 47% clip and going 10-31 from behind the three-point arc.
The Gators recorded an assist on 22 of their 33 made field goals and outrebounded the Panthers 46-38. Seniors Haley Lorenzen and and Dyandria Anderson led Florida in scoring with 18 points apiece, while fellow upperclassman (graduate transfer) Paulina Hersler scored a career high 15. Lorenzen also added 12 rebounds.
Georgia State was led by Jada Lewis who tallied 20 points while guard Shay Fluker added 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Newbauer was impressed with the resiliency of his team after giving up extended runs. He was particularly proud of how the team “stayed calm, stayed the course.” The team has adapted to a “we over me” attitude and “gave people something to watch.”
Florida continues a three game homestand with a game against Arkansas State on Tuesday night. The Red Wolves are 0-1 with a 93-51 defeat at Indiana on Saturday.
Florida vs Arkansas State
November 14, 2017
7:00 PM / Exactech Arena