Basketball

WBB: Gators dominate Auburn for first road SEC win

Final: Florida 83, Auburn 63

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

The Florida Gators are 2-1 in SEC play for the first time since the 2015-16 season thanks to a balanced effort from its top players on Thursday.

The Gators were led by five players finishing with double figures as they walloped Auburn 83-63 on the road.

Freshman Lavender Briggs led all scorers with 19, her fourteenth straight contest in double figures, while Kiki Smith (15), Nina Rickards (13), Kristina Moore (12), and Ariel Johnson (10) all played major roles in the win.

The Gators finished the first quarter with a 21-12 lead thanks to shooting 8-12 from the floor and 4-5 from three point range. Rickards came out firing, hitting 3-4 from the floor (2-3 3FG) and compiling 8 points in the first.

Florida again knocked down eight shots in the second quarter and built the lead to nine at 42-31 by halftime.

The Gators opened the second half by scoring the first thirteen points, including five from Smith. Armed with a 24 point advantage, Florida was able to coast to victory.

For the game, the Gators shot a whopping 62% from the field and 59% from deep with five different players knocking down shots from beyond the three point line (including Brylee Bartram, 2-3).

Individual Stats:

  • Lavender Briggs: 19 points (7-10 FG, 3-5 3FG)
  • Kiki Smith: 15 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
  • Nina Rickards: 13 points (4-6 FG, 3-4 3FG), 3 rebounds, 3 assists
  • Kristina Moore: 12 points (5-6 FG, 1-1 3FG)
  • Ariel Johnson: 10 points, 4 rebounds

Team Stats:

  • FG% : 62
  • 3FG% : 59
  • FT% : 82
  • Reb+/- : +1
  • Assists: 13
  • TO: 17
  • Bench Points: 16

What’s Next:

The Gators return home on Sunday to face No. 14 Kentucky at 12:00 PM. The game will be aired live on ESPNU.

The Wildcats are 12-2 on the season and are leading Alabama by double digits in the fourth quarter.*

*At time of publishing

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