Sunday, January 31, 2010
The University of Florida women's basketball team improved to 5-3 in SEC play with a huge 67-64 win over Ole Miss in Oxford on Sunday.
Florida (12-9 overall) raced out to a 17 point first half lead at one point and went into halftime with a 10 point lead.
But Ole Miss caused a bunch of Florida turnovers in the second half and the lead went away. In fact, Ole Miss took the lead a couple of times and it was a close game as it went down the stretch.
Steffi Sorensen hit a three and fellow senior Sharielle Smith also hit a trey to give Florida a 65-61 lead with 1:15 to go. Ole Miss then got a three from Biancha Thomas to cut Florida's lead to a point and Jennifer Mossor fouled out to give Ole Miss another position but they couldn't hit a basket. The Gators got the ball and the Rebels were forced to foul four straight times to send the Gators to the free throw line where center Azania Stewart nailed two free throws to give Florida a 67-64 lead. Ole Miss could not hit a shot and the Gators came away with the win.
Sorensen led Florida with 18 points as she hits 6 of 9 shots from beyond the arc.
The Gators now play their next three games at home, starting with Vanderbilt on Thursday. The Commodores are 5-4 in SEC play.