Following Florida football’s matchup with FAU on Saturday afternoon, the women’s basketball team will host Kennesaw State in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Gators (1-1) are coming off a victory over 7th ranked Florida State on Monday, and will look to avoid any letdown against an Owls team (1-2) that appears to be much weaker on paper. The victory over the Seminoles was arguably the biggest non-conference triumph in Amanda Butler’s tenure, and could propel her crew as they enter the heart of their out-of-league slate.
“This is an energy team, and one of the things we spend a great deal of time talking about is our culture,” Butler said. “We give each other energy and what you saw [Monday] is a manifestation of that.”
Junior guard Simone Westbrook, despite not starting either of the first two games, has lead Florida in scoring at 14 ppg. Junior forward Ronni Williams, who notched a double-double against FSU, is right behind Westbrook at 13.5 ppg. On the flip side, 6’1″ senior Jasmine McAllister has undoubtedly been the go-to player for KSU — she leads her team in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding and blocked shots. Karly Frye, Clara Young, Deandrea Sawyers and Aareon Smith will likely join McAllister in the starting lineup on Saturday afternoon.
Coverage can be heard here on ESPN Gainesville, with tipoff set for 4PM. Fans can show their FAU football ticket to receiver free admission into the game.