Final: Florida 89, North Florida 64

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The Florida Gators are off to their best start in five years after defeating North Florida 89-64 in it’s non-conference finale on Monday.

Florida got started early and often, scoring 31 points in the first quarter. Danielle Rainey paced all scorers in the first period with ten while Kiki Smith added six and Lavender Briggs poured in five more. As a team, the Gators made 13-26 from the field to take a 31-11 lead into the second quarter.

The second quarter was much more back and forth, but the Gators went to the locker rooms with a 45-24 advantage.

The second half was a little more free flowing as both teams scores 20+ points in the third and fourth quarters. With the game in hand, the Gators also got the opportunity to get their role players and bench players extended minutes on the court.

Briggs and freshman Jordyn Merritt led the scoring column with 15 each while Rainey finished with 14. Kristina Moore added 12 points and Smith added 11.

Nina Rickards finished with a game high 15 rebounds, 11 of those offensive.

UF Team Stats:

  • FG% – 42% (36-86)
  • 3FG% – 26% (7-27)
  • FT% – 56% (10-18)
  • Rebounds – 61
  • O Rebounds – 31
  • Reb Margin – 25
  • Assists – 16
  • Steals – 7
  • Turnovers – 9

Player Stats:

  • Briggs: 15 P, 8 R, 7 A
  • Merritt: 15 P, 7-10 FG, 5 R
  • Rainey: 14 P, 4 R
  • Moore: 12 P, 4 R
  • Smith: 11 P, 9 R, 3 A
  • Rickards: 8 P, 15 R, 11 OR

What’s Next:

With Florida’s non-conference slate complete, the Gators will have a little time off before getting back on the court against Vanderbilt on December 31. The game is scheduled for a 4:00 PM tip.

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