We are exactly one month away from tipping off the Gator women’s basketball season. Until then, the team will continue to put the puzzle pieces together in search of their identity.
Dyandria Anderson returns to the Gators in her final year. As a senior for the team, Anderson said her main goal is to be a leader for this team, specifically the underclassmen. As close friends, Anderson and former Gator Ronnie Williams were both looked up to by their teammates.
Last year Williams had a big influence on sophomore Delicia Washington. However, Washington said she intends to learn from Anderson in her own journey to becoming a leader.
In the tweet below, Head Coach Cameron Newbauer shows some of the things Anderson can do for the team.
— Cameron Newbauer (@camnew) June 29, 2017
- Started in all 31 games
- Ranked 2nd in assists in SEC
- Ranked 10th in steals in SEC
- Team leader in:
- Assists (4.9 pg)
- Steals (1.6 pg)
- Minutes (33.9 pg)
— Cameron Newbauer (@camnew) July 28, 2017
All of the work Anderson put in during her time at Florida will be put the test in her fourth and final year.
In her junior year, former Head Coach Amanda Butler was forced to play Anderson at the point guard position.
This year should be a clean slate for Anderson. With point guard Funda Nakkasoglu cleared to play and Washington returning with experience, Anderson can now play her true position. However she credits last year to helping her become a better player and read the defense as a whole.
Standing at 5’10, Anderson can play positions two through four. Her long arms allow her to grab rebounds above smaller guards, while her quick first step gives her an advantage over slower power forwards.
Anderson will look to have her multitude of experiences transform into a dominant senior year for the Gators come November 11th.