Basketball

WBB: Gators fall to No. 14 Kentucky 65-45; drop to 2-2 in SEC play

Final: Kentucky 65, Florida 45

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

Basketball is a pretty simple game. Usually, if you hold your opponent to 31% shooting, 25% from beyond the three-point line, and keep the opposition’s leading scorer in check for much of the game, you will come out on top.

Florida did just that on Sunday, but came away with a twenty point defeat, thanks largely to turnovers and second chance opportunities for conference rival Kentucky as the Wildcats rolled past Florida, 65-45.

The Gators turned the ball over a whopping twenty five times against the Kentucky pressure. The Wildcats also pulled down 19 offensive boards and ended up with 28 more shot attempts than Florida.

The Gators actually had a lot of momentum and kept the game tight throughout the first half. With 4:49 left in the second quarter and the Gators possessing at two point lead, UK’s leading scorer Rhyne Howard picked up her second foul and headed to the bench for the remainder of the half.

Florida failed to capitalize and the Wildcats used a 10-2 run to finish the half and enter the break with a five point lead.

The Gators got a quick basket from Kiki Smith to open the third quarter, but Kentucky rattled off a 9-1 run and squashed Florida’s upset hopes.

The Gators fell to 2-2 in league play with the loss while Kentucky improved to 3-1.

Individual Stats:

  • Kiki Smith: 16 points, 7-12 FG, 5 rebounds
  • Ariel Johnson: 10 points, 4-6 FG, 5 rebounds

Team Stats:

  • FG% : 43
  • 3FG% : 20
  • FT% : 58
  • Reb+/- : -2
  • Assists : 5
  • TO : 25
  • Bench Points: 12

What’s Next:

The Gators will face their second straight ranked team as No. 23 Tennessee heads to Gainesville for Thursday’s contest.

The Vols are 13-3 on the season after blowing out Georgia 73-56 on Sunday.

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