FINAL: FLORIDA 65, ARKANSAS 51
FAYETTEVILLE, AR- The Florida Gators are finally off the schneid. Head coach Cameron Newbauer has earned his first SEC win. Florida can now look toward their home matchup with Ole Miss as an attempt at a winning streak.
Florida’s front court of seniors Haley Lorenzen and Paulina Hersler combined for 31 points and 17 rebounds in leading the Gators past Arkansas, 65-51.
While the front court played well, it was the defensive effort that sealed the victory. The Razorbacks made only 21 of 76 field goals for a 27.6% clip, including only 16% from deep.
Newbauer has emphasized rebounding since the beginning of the season, and on Thursday his team didn’t disappoint. Florida outrebounded the Razorbacks 54-42 and finished with one more offensive rebound than Arkansas.
Florida led the game the entire way (including a 9-0 run to open the game), but really pulled away in the third frame. Florida pushed their lead to eighteen by the end of the period.
Newbauer, who was spotted by television cameras celebrating with high-fives to his entire team, said he was proud of proud of his team for hanging on. Newbauer also talked about exploiting what he felt was an advantage for his team by attacking the basket with his senior leaders.
Hersler finished with a team high 19 points and added seven boards while Lorenzen added 12 points and ten rebounds. Guard Delicia Washington scored 14 points and chipped in nine boards.
Junior Malica Monk scored 28 points and grabbed eight boards to pace the Razorbacks effort.
The Gators will return home to face Mississippi on Sunday at 1:00 PM.
Florida returns home to face Ole Miss in a home contest on Sunday. The Rebels and Gators squared off two weeks ago in a double-overtime thriller, and if history repeats itself, the fans will be in for a treat. Mississippi is 11-6 overall and 1-3 in conference play (their game against Missouri is currently ongoing). The Rebels has three scorers averaging 15+ points per game. Madinah Muhammad averages 17.8 to lead the team while Alissa Alston adds 15.1 per game. Senior Shandricka Sessom was averaging 15.1 before tearing her ACL just seven games into the season.
While the Rebels are formidable at home, they have struggled away from The Pavillion. Ole Miss is only 1-4 on the road thus far this season.
Florida vs Mississippi
January 21, 2018
1:00 PM / Exactech Arena