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The Florida Gators women’s basketball team began their 2020-21 campaign with a 90-47 victory over Grambling State at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Wednesday.

Florida never trailed for the entirety of the game behind 33 points from the bench and a 50% shooting performance from the court, including a 42.9% clip from beyond the arc.

Redshirt senior guards Kiara Smith and Danielle Rainey got their seasons off to strong starts, with Smith producing a 20-point, 11-rebound performance and Rainey contributing 18 points of her own.

Sophomore guard Lavender Briggs, a preseason Second Team All-SEC selection, managed a double-double of her own, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in just under 10 minutes of play.

Grambling State managed only one player with double-digit points, Candice Parramore’s 12-point performance, and no player with more than six rebounds or two assists. The Tigers shot under 30% from the court and under 20% from the three-point line, as well as only making 10 of 19 free throws.

This is a very promising start for head coach Cam Newbauer’s squad, who last November only managed to beat Grambling State by seven points early in a disappointing 15-15 campaign.

Newbauer and the Gators will have a chance to continue their hot start Sunday against the rival Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee.

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