Basketball

WBB: Gators fall to No. 18 Indiana 73-49

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

The Florida Gator women’s basketball team lost its first game of the season to No. 18 Indiana 73-49 in Exactech Arena Friday evening.

Gator freshman Lavender Briggs missed the game through injury.

How It Happened

First Half

The Hoosiers struggled to find rhythm scoring the ball in the first quarter. As a team, they shot 6-15 from the field and put up 15 points; the same amount as the Gators.

However, Indiana found its scoring touch in the second quarter. They scored on their first five field-goal attempts and went on to put up 24 points on 9-16 shooting.

As the guests eventually warmed up, the Gators’ offense got cold. They followed up their 15 points in the first quarter with just 13 in the second on 5-14 from the field.

Sophomore guard Grace Berger put up the most points in the game for the Hoosiers in the first half with 12 on 5-8 shooting. Ariel Johnson led the Gators with eight points on 3-5 shooting.

Indiana took a 39-28 lead into the halftime break.

Second Half

Florida had an even tougher time in the second half. As a team, the Gators managed just 21 points in the third and fourth quarters on 8-27 shooting (29.6 percent).

Indiana, on the other hand, continued to shoot the ball well. They added another 34 points on 15-29 shooting in the second half.

Curiously enough, Florida and Indiana combined for just two 3-pointers in the second half after six in the first.

Top Scorers

Smith led Florida with 18 points on 7-17 from the field. Berger finished with 23 points on 10-15.

Afterthoughts

Florida head coach Cam Newbauer said after the game that he wanted his team to be aggressive right from tip-off. Kiki Smith, Ariel Johnson and Nina Rickards looked to drive the entire game. However, Florida’s bigs had very little impact offensively.

Zada Williams, Emer Nichols, Faith Dut and Paige Robinson all combined for just eight points.

“I wish we could’ve gotten them more of the ball offensively. That’s something we need to work on.” -Coach Newbauer

In addition, for all of the driving Florida’s guards did, the Gators took just eight free throws in the game.

“To me, it’s your typical Indiana, old-school Bobby Knight defense; they just guard you, make you score over them and don’t foul. They did a really good job defensively. That’s Coach Teri’s MO.”

Next up, the Gators face Florida State at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. For more of the latest, follow @ChompTalk and @JEricksonReport on Twitter.

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