Florida Women’s Basketball Preview Against Vanderbilt

The Gator women’s basketball team will look to right the ship after dropping its last two Southeastern Conference games. All four of its remaining games are against SEC opponents with its first being against Vanderbilt tonight in the O’Connell Center. The Commodores have been playing without leading scorer Cristina Foggie for the past two games with a knee injury, but Gator head coach Amanda Butler said that Vanderbilt will be tough even with the injuries.

Meanwhile, the Gators are looking to become more efficient on offense. The Orange and Blue have been led by junior Jaterra Bonds, who has averaged a team best 14.5 points over the past four games. Coach Butler said that although it is nice to have a few scorers on the team, she would like to see better ball distribution.

Vanderbilt comes into the game 6-6 in SEC play and 16-9 overall, while Florida is 4-8 in league play and 15-11 overall. UF has been involved also in many close games this year and if this game is close, free throw shooting could be a key. Vandy is the second best free throw shooting team in the league at 73 percent while Florida is 11th at 66 percent.

Florida is looking to win its last four league games to finish the SEC regular season with an 8-8 mark; the Gators still have to play South Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama with only the Arkansas game at home.

Tipoff for tonight’s game is set for 7 p.m. in the O’Dome.

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