Gator Women’s Basketball team gets blown out in loss to #15 Texas A&M

The Florida women’s basketball team (12-14, 4-9 SEC) lost its third game in a row after falling to the Texas A&M Aggies 66-46 on Sunday afternoon.

The Gators shot just 32 percent from the field overall and went 6 of 12 from the free throw line. Florida also failed to make a three point shot in a game for the the first time since 2010 after going 0-8 from beyond the arc against the Aggies.

Gator head coach Amanda Butler says she thinks their bad shot selection had a lot to do with their woeful statistics on the offensive end.

“They play with a great deal of discipline. You know, it’s real easy to look at them, and them playing an aggressive style, and think it’s just their athleticism or their just aggressive, they’re trying to shoot the passing lanes…and they do a really good job of protecting the middle, getting tips, and forcing you into bad shots. And we took bad shots.”

The Gators leading scorer on the offensive end was forward Ronni Williams who had 14 points. However, her 14 points came on 17 shots (5-17). The only other Gator who scored in double figures was forward Haley Lorenzen who had 10 points.

Florida’s guard play was particularly painful to watch as both Carlie Needles and Cassie People’s shot a meager 1 of 10 from the field combined. Coach Butler says she thought they made poor decisions in the game.

“I think our guards really did a poor job of decision-making with their shots. You know, I thought that we forced a lot and didn’t do a good job of really trying to read and see what we were getting there. We just tried to force the action and didn’t make good decisions.”

On the defensive end, Florida allowed the Aggies to shoot 47 percent from the field behind the play of Texas A&M forward Courtney Williams, who had 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Coach Butler hopes that they can move forward and not dwell on their play in this game.

“There’s not a lot from this game I want us to take away. I’m really disappointed in the way that we played. You know, there were spots when I thought that we executed and played pretty hard, but it just needs to be better all the way around.”

The Gators will try to redeem themselves when they face Alabama this Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. You can live pregame coverage on ESPN 850 WRUF starting at 6:45.

 

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