Basketball

WBB: Gators back on track with win over Florida A&M

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The Florida Gators responded with a 84-40 win over Florida A&M after losing to No. 18 Indiana and No. 12 Florida State in their last two games. The Gators are now 5-2 on the season.

How It Happened

Redshirt senior forward Zada Williams had a standout performance, putting up a game-high 22 points and 19 rebounds on 13 shots in just 25 minutes. Williams didn’t just lead the game in points and rebounds; she broke her career-highs in both categories as well.

Three other Gators tallied double digits in the points category. Freshman Lavender Briggs scored 17, followed by sophomore Ariel Johnson with 14 and redshirt junior Kiki Smith with 10.

Florida was very efficient from the field. As a team, the Gators shot 50.7 percent from the field on 36-71. The majority of their points came in the paint (54).

While Florida’s offense was clicking on all cylinders, FAMU’s was struggling to convert chances. The Rattlers attempted 23 threes on the afternoon, yet just two found the mark. Overall, A&M shot 18-68 from the floor for a field-goal percentage of 26.5 percent. The Rattlers had a particularly rough fourth quarter in which they shot 1-17 and scored just three points.

Afterthoughts

“She’s deserving of the night she had today, and I thought our team did a really good job of making a concerted effort of getting her the ball when she was open inside.” -Gator head coach Cam Newbauer

“My teammates believed in me the entire game, and it made me have confidence in myself.” -Zada Williams

What’s Next?

Next up, the Gators travel to Prairie View, TX, to face Prairie View A&M. That one will tip of Thursday at 8 p.m.

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