The Florida Gator women's Basketball team will receive a visit this Sunday from the Georgia Bulldogs.
The Gators, who currently sit at 13-4 (3-1 SEC), are coming off of a loss to the LSU Tigers last Sunday, snapping their nine-game winning streak and three-game SEC winning streak.
Rebounding was a key factor in the loss to the Tigers.
Florida was outrebounded by a margin of 50-29, and Kayla Lewis was the only player who posted double digit rebounds in the game, grabbing 17. The Gators will look to improve upon their lackadaisical efforts on the glass, as they were dominated by the Tigers on the boards.
Florida head coach Amanda Butler noted the issue that her team had on the glass, and she put added focus on improvement in the area of rebounding.
“We've got to have more rebounding contributions from everywhere,” Butler said. “Everybody has got to make it their job to do a better job of boxing out and controlling what happens when the ball goes off the rim.”
Rebounding won't be the only obstacle in the Gators path.
The Gators will be without one of their key contributors off the bench. Sophomore forward Christin Mercer is suspended indefinitely following an arrest and charges in connection with a robbery.
Butler acknowledges that her team will be thinner, but she also knows the team must continue to play through any adversity – on or off the court.
“Most people have a longer bench than ours or a little bit bigger roster,” Butler said. ”I think we'll just stay the course with what we're doing.”
Senior guard Jaterra Bonds comes into the game as the leading scorer for the Gators at 16.7 points per game, while guard/forward Kayla Lewis leads the team in rebounding at 8.6 per game.
The Gators will also look to redshirt sophomore reserve guard Carlie Needles for scoring with her hopefully hot shooting from beyond the arc.
Tipoff from the Stephen C. O'Connell Center will be at 1:00 p.m., and coverage of the game can be heard live on ESPN850-WRUF.
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