The Florida women’s basketball team heads to the road to take on Mississppi State tonight.
The Gators are looking to build off a 77-72 win over LSU on Sunday. Florida coach Amanda Butler thinks the team has momentum heading into the matchup on Thursday.
Florida junior guard Jaterra Bonds has been impressive during Florida’s first two games of SEC play averaging 2o points per game. While Bonds’ stats have improved, her leadership has been a big part of the team’s success.
Mississippi State comes into the game with an 8-7 record on the season and have dropped two games in a row to Vanderbilt and to 18th ranked South Carolina. Mississippi State sophomore guard Kendra Grant leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 12.3 points per game.
Mississppi State has a seven game winning streak at home and one key to a road win for Florida might be in how well it plays defensively; Butler believes the Gators have the potential to be a good defensive team.
Florida’s leading scorer senior guard Jennifer George is day-to-day with a shoulder injury and is a game time decision to play. Coach Butler says that injuries are just part of the game. If George cannot go, Butler says other players have to pick up the slack.
One of those players who could step up is freshman Sydney Moss and Butler has been impressed with Moss’s performance and decision making as she leads the Gators in assists with almost four a game.
Florida will return home to play nationally ranked Tennessee Sunday at 11:30am.