FINAL: FLORIDA 64, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 53
Gainesville, FL- “We won a game yesterday, if we win one today that’s two in a row. If we win one tomorrow that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.” -Cleveland Indians manager Lou Brown in the 1989 movie, Major League.
According to Brown’s proclamation, the Florida women’s basketball team has an opportunity on Sunday to be on a winning streak after earning their first two wins of the season in the last two contests. The Gators defeated Bethune-Cookman 64-53 on Wednesday to improve to 2-6 on the season.
Florida got off to a slow start with leading scorer Funda Nakkasoglu missing the game due to an injury. The Gators only connected for ten points in the opening quarter, but managed to lead at the half by a 22-19 total. The Gators only allowed the Wildcats to shoot 2-12 in the second period to maintain the lead at the intermission.
Florida extended their lead to ten by the end of the third quarter thanks to shooting at a 7-16 clip, including 3-4 from beyond the three point line. Bethune-Cookman got to within two points at 28-26 before Florida went on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 35-26.
The two teams pretty much traded baskets through the fourth quarter to end at a final of 64-53.
For the game the Gators shot 31% but drilled eight three-pointers. The Wildcats shot a poor 4-17 from deep.
Junior guard Delicia Washington led four Gators in double-figures, scoring 16 points. Washington also grabbed a team-high ten rebounds and helped the Gators control the glass by a 48-38 margin. Zada Williams added 15 points and 9 boards while freshman Ariel Johnson added 12 points and 9 rebounds off the bench.
The Gators will complete a four game homestand on Sunday with a bout against Florida A&M before making the trip to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio State one week later.
- Redshirt-junior guard Corey Staples (pictured above) scored her first career points, knocking down a three-pointer with 1:34 to play in the third quarter. Kiki Smith earned an assist on the basket that put Florida up 38-30.
- Washington finished with 16-10 for her eighth double-double. Washington leads the Gators averaging 8.4 boards per game.
- Florida went 16-19 from the free-throw stripe for 84%, Kristina Moore made all five attempts from the charity stripe.
- Leading scorer Funda Nakkasoglu sat out with an ankle injury and is listed as day-to-day. Corey Staples received her first career start as Nakkasoglu was a late scratch.
- Florida wore their orange uniforms for the second consecutive game, they are now 2-0 in these uniforms.
The Gators will complete a four-game homestand with a date against FAMU. The Rattlers are 1-5 on the season. Florida A&M did earn their first win in their last contest against Edward Waters, the Rattlers won 70-64.