Survive and advance. That’s the name of the game this time of year. And that’s exactly what the Florida women did on Wednesday.
The 13-seeded Gators defeated 12-seeded Ole Miss 64-57 to open the SEC Tournament on Wednesday behind a strong defensive performance.
Florida received major contributions from junior G Delicia Washington and senior G Funda Nakkasoglu, who each scored 17 points.
The Gators came out with a defensive intensity that allowed the team to take an early lead. At halftime, the score was only 18-16.
Florida built a big lead in the third and fourth quarters, (as big as 17 in the fourth) en route to the victory.
- Delicia Washington scored 17 points and added 8 rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
- Funda Nakkasoglu scored 17 on 4-10 shooting, including 3-7 from deep.
- Florida recorded 14 fast break points but allowed Ole Miss none.
- After only scoring 18 first half points, the Gators scored 46 in the second half.
- Coach Cam Newbauer: “Really proud of our squad for the toughness and resilience that we showed from a defensive standpoint.”
- Senior guard Funda Nakkasoglu: “just having confidence in each other. We play for each other.”
- Junior guard Delicia Washington: “coming out of halftime, being a little more aggressive and giving up good shots for great shots.
Florida will face Missouri in the second round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday. The Gators defeated the Tigers in Gainesville 58-56 in January.