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WBB: Gators take home opener against Longwood

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The Florida Gators improved to 2-0 on the season after a 71-54 victory over the Longwood Lancers in the O’Connell Center Sunday afternoon.

Gators head coach Cam Newbauer achieved a personal accolade with the win. It was his 100th win as a Division 1 head coach.

Slow Start

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Newbauer and the Gators. After one, Florida trailed Longwood 19-11. However, the hosts settled and outscored the visitors 47-17 in the next two quarters.

One area Newbauer will want to address is turnovers. Florida gave the ball away 19 times to Longwood’s 11. In the first quarter alone, the Gators turned the ball over nine times. Luckily, the Lancers were unable to capitalize on most of these opportunities. They ended the game with 14 points off of turnovers, just one more than the hosts.

Team Leaders

Freshman Lavender Briggs led all players with 16 points. She shot 6-14 from the field and 1-4 from beyond the arc. In addition, she grabbed 10 total rebounds to pick up her first collegiate double-double.

Zada Williams was another Gator who played well. In just 22 minutes, she scored 13 points on 6-9 shooting along with nine boards.

Briggs and Williams weren’t the only players who rebounded the ball well. Freshman guard Nina Rickards led the team with 12, Kiki Smith grabbed nine, and Kristina Moore pulled in eight.

As a team, the Gators notched 63 rebounds. Longwood, on the other hand, only had 36. Crazily enough, 27 of Florida’s 63 boards were offensive rebounds.

Smith also led the team in assists with five and steals with four.

What’s Next?

After Sunday’s home opener, the Gators have five more games in the O’Dome before another road contest. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Samford Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are 1-1 this season.

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