Final: Florida 55, Davidson 50
Gainesville, FL – The Florida women’s basketball team has struggled all season at the free throw stripe. The Gators entered Sunday’s contest making just 55% of their attempts from the charity stripe. Much of Sunday was a struggle as well. Florida entered the final period having made just five of 14 attempts.
The Gators, though, hit when it mattered. With 1:25 left in the game Davidson’s Sarah Konstans knocked down a trey to get the Wildcats within one at 51-50. Over the final :28 of the game, Florida knocked down 4-6 from the line including two from Kristina Moore with :05 on clock that sealed the win.
Much of the game was played sloppy with missed shots interrupting the rhythm and flow of the game. It took more than four minutes for either team to score before Kiara Smith made the layup.
Despite the offensive struggles, the Gators led or were tied all but :22 in the game, including the intial 4:14 of scoreless basketball.
The Gators finished the first quarter with a 14-11 lead thanks to nine points from Smith.
Both teams struggled in the second quarter. Florida made just 4-15 from the floor while the Wildcats shot just 21%. The Gators took a 25-19 advantage into the intermission.
Florida opened the third quarter hot and built their lead to as much as nine at 38-29, but Davidson answered with a 7-0 run to close the gap to two before the end of the quarter.
The fourth quarter opened with a pair of jumpers by Lavender Briggs that stretched the Florida lead to six. A 7-2 Wildcats run tied the game up at 47 before a layup by Moore.
Florida improves to 9-4 on the season with the win, already improving from last season’s eight wins.
- FG% : 34
- 3FG% : 32
- FT% : 45
- Reb +/- : -2
- Assists : 5
- TO : 14
- Bench Points : 16
- Ariel Johnson : 16 points, 3-7 3FG
- Kiki Smith : 14 points, 6-12 FG, 4 steals
- Lavender Briggs : 13 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block
- Zada Williams : 3 points, 15 rebounds
Florida opens SEC play this week with an away date at Mississippi State on Thursday. The game is set for an 8:10 PM tip-off and can be streamed on SEC Network +.
The Bulldogs are 12-2 on the season and are ranked No. 15 in the nation.