The Florida Gator women's basketball team went in to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a hot streak, having won three consecutive games in the SEC and nine straight overall.
Florida, who only dressed seven players, had both streaks stopped, as they fell to the LSU Lady Tigers 82-68 on Sunday.
The Gators were handled on the glass, being outrebounded 50-29 by the Tigers. Florida guard Kayla Lewis had a strong performance on the glass with 17 boards, but the next leading rebounder on the team had just three.
Florida head coach Amanda Butler discussed the rebounding battle and the lack of production on the glass.
“We just got crushed on the boards. We had one player who came with the intention of grabbing rebounds and making plays in the paint, and that was Kayla [Lewis], and I thought she did just about all she could do. Grabbing 17 rebounds is fantastic, but when the next person only has three, it's going to be hard to beat a very talented team like LSU, who I thought played very, very well today.”
Lewis added 15 points to go along with her strong performance on the glass, but she was not the only bright spot on the floor for Florida.
Guard Cassie Peoples scored 22 points, going 10 for 10 from the free throw line, on a day when the Gators shot 90 percent from the line. Florida guard Carlie Needles also played well for the Gators off the bench, shooting five of eight from beyond the arc on her way to a 17-point outing.
Three key Gators struggled in the game. Guards January Miller and Ronnie Williams along with forward Lily Svete combined to miss all 13 of their attempts from the field and scored a collective three points.
Florida is now 13-4 overall and 3-1 in the SEC and it will have a week off before receiving a visit from 25th-ranked Georgia on Sunday, January 19. Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m.
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