The Florida women’s basketball team will continue their Women’s National Invitation Tournament run on Saturday when they travel to face James Madison in the Elite 8. Florida coach Amanda Butler spoke highly of James Madison and knows their WNIT experience will only help their chances.
However, Butler thinks the timing is right for her team. The head coach explained that it’s the journey that has brought her team to play well late in the year.
Butler doesn’t seem to be too worried about her team’s offense but emphasized low-post defense will be a key to this game. She knows that when you let a home team control the paint, you give them the power to control momentum throughout the game.
This is a young Gator team, but young doesn’t always mean inexperienced. Because of how the season went, Butler believes this team can persevere through trials in-game and with good preparation. She believes that is what gives her team the ability to win the tournament.
The game is set to tip-off in Harrisonburgh at 4PM on Saturday, and James Madison is 12-0 at home in the WNIT during head coach Kenny Brooks’ career. But the Gators have shown they are not afraid of a challenge, and Butler and her team would love to end that streak on Saturday.