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The Florida Gator women’s basketball team continued its hot start to the season with a 60-46 win at home against Presbyterian.

Monday’s game tipped off at 10:30 a.m. Over 1,000 elementary school students attended the game to cheer on the Gators as part of Field Trip Day.

“I thought it was super fun,” said Lavender Briggs. “They were energetic the whole entire time, so they gave us energy.”

Florida picked up its fourth-straight victory behind a balanced scoring effort from the team. The highest scorers for the Gators were Kiki Smith (3-10) and Lavender Briggs (4-12) with 11 each.

Zada Williams (5-7) and Ariel Johnson (4-10) both had 10, Kristina Moore had eight (4-5), and Nina Rickards added seven (2-4).

“That’s one of the benefits we have this year with our team,” said Johnson. “All of us can score; we’re all aggressive and have the mindset to win.”

One of the areas Cam Newbauer had to adjust his defense was with guarding Presbyterian’s Jade Compton. Coming into the game, Compton was 0-5 from three-point territory in three games. However, against Florida, she scored five threes on nine attempts. She ended the contest with a game-high 20 points on 7-16 shooting.

“We gave her some space early and she hit a couple,” said Newbauer. “In the second half, we wanted to go over on ball screens to force her to get off the line.”

Overall, the Gators kept Presbyterian to 15-52 from the field and just eight points in the paint. Despite another solid defensive performance, Florida has some tough games coming up against No. 21 Indiana and No. 12 Florida State.

The Gators turned the ball over 20 times against Presbyterian. Coach Newbauer says that Florida needs to be more poised offensively, because a stat like that could prove to be costly against the Hoosiers.

The game against Indiana will tip off Friday at 6 p.m. in Exactech Arena.

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