Always a bridesmaid, never a bride. That’s how the Florida women’s basketball team feels after losing another close Southeastern Conference game to Georgia. The Gators (15-11, 4-8 SEC) led for most of the first half, but allowed Georgia (21-4, 9-3 SEC) to catch up and take a two point lead going into intermission. The rest of the game was a back and forth battle, but Florida just couldn’t pull it out as they fell to the Dawgs 62-57 on Sunday.
The Gators looked to be out of the woods after winning games against Auburn and Alabama, but had a hard time keeping the winning streak alive as they’ve lost their last two games by a combined total of 13 points. Gator head coach Amanda Butler says it’s frustrating to get down to a wire in game like this and not be able to pull out a “W”.
Despite yet another disappointing loss, the Gators can point to two performances that were somewhat bright spots for the team. True freshman forward Christen Mercer came close to a double-double with her 12 point, eight rebound performance. Meanwhile her post counterpart senior Jennifer George led the Orange and Blue with 17 points. George scored 13 of her points in the second half and credits that to her physical play in the last 20 minutes of the game.
As Florida continues to deal with growing pains, Butler isn’t convinced the season should be categorized as a failure. She says she hopes her team can learn from these mistakes in the future.
Next up the Gators face Vanderbilt for the first time this season. Florida welcomes the Commodores to the O’Dome on Thursday evening.