The Florida women’s basketball team (15-6, 5-3 SEC) defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide (10-11, 3-5 SEC) 75-67 Thursday night in Gainesville.
Florida guard Carlie Needles opened up the scoring in the game with a 3 ball, and that trend would continue throughout the night.
Needles finished off the game with 16 points and hit 5 of 7 shots from beyond the arc.
“I’ve got to give the credits to my teammates. I felt like we did a really good job at extra passes. Skip passes were really there for us, and we worked on corner threes a lot,” Needles said. “I give credit to my teammates for still giving me the ball even though I haven’t been shooting to my ability recently.”
Needles wasn’t the only hot-shooting Gator in the game. Forward Lily Svete came off the bench and gave the Gators some much-needed scoring. Svete turned out a 3 of 5 three point shooting performance on her way to 14 points.
The Gators continued the trend of being outrebounded on the glass, but it was not a huge deficit. The team was outrebounded 40-34.
Svete was also unusually strong on the glass. She pulled down seven boards to go with her 14 points, and she tied Kayla Lewis for the team lead in the game on the glass.
Florida coach Amanda Butler talked about the ugly style-of-play for both teams in the game. She said neither team really got into a flow, that there were no open layups and both teams really just didn’t have much control throughout the game.
Senior do-everything guard Jaterra Bonds for the Gators didn’t show up as expected in the scoring column, only recording eight points. Bonds did dish out eight assists though to go with her scoring.
The Crimson Tide didn’t go down without a fight. Shafontaye Myers led the team in scoring with 21 points and hit five 3 pointers. Forward Ashley Williams also proved to be a difficult test to handle, with 20 points and 10 boards.
Butler talked about how the tough test will help the Gators.
“I thought we displayed a great deal of toughness. Alabama is a very tough team,” Butler said. “We knew we were going to have to play with no gaps in our toughness to do what we needed to do tonight, and it’s going to be a very similar battle at Ole Miss.”
The Gators next test will come on Sunday when they head out on the road to take on Ole Miss.
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