UF Women’s Hoops Dominates Inside to Down Hampton, 63-46
|women's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 63, Hampton 46
|Northwestern 44, LSU 43
|Vanderbilt 79, Sam Houston State 56
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Fueled by the impressive play of its inside game, the University of Florida women’s basketball team outrebounded Hampton by 14 and used a 43-point second half en route to a 63-46 victory Tuesday night at the O’Connell Center.
“I’m really proud in the way we played and in particular in the way we rebounded,” Gator head coach Amanda Butler said. “Hampton is a very good ball club. We knew as evidence by their performance in the first half that we were going to have our hands full. We knew we were going to have to play significantly better than we played them last year and we also knew that winning the battle in the paint was going to be really huge for us. I am really proud of the way our players played and I’m proud of the way that our team prepared. The thing that is sustaining us right now is the way we are playing defense.”
For the game, Florida (3-1) was led by junior forward Jennifer George (Orlando, Fla.) who poured in 13 points and grabbed a game-high and career-tying 14 boards, to notch the first double-double by a Gator this year and the fifth of her career.
Senior forward Ndidi Madu (Antioch, Tenn.) collected a career-high 11 rebounds, with eight on the offensive end, while adding six points. Senior center Azania Stewart (Wood Green, England) anchored the paint with eight points, five rebounds and her second consecutive game with four blocked shots, as she and George combined to hit 10-of-13 from the floor.
“I really felt like Ndidi (Madu) set the rebounding tone,” Butler praised. “When Ndidi went in the ball game it changed, you know there was an energy that changed. That’s one of the things that makes our team so dangerous is that we put the five on the floor, whether it be the starting five or the first person off the bench, we can put a lot of different combinations and Ndidi brought a lot of energy and did a great job of emphasizing in her play what we had prepared for and what we talked about.”
Florida also received significant contributions from sophomore guard Jaterra Bonds (Gainesville, Fla.), who added 15 points by converting 9-of-10 free throws, and senior guard Lanita Bartley (Jacksonville, Fla.), who tallied seven points, seven rebounds and a game-high four assists.
Despite falling behind early and trailing for the majority of the first half, the Gators kept fighting and were able to rally from a 10-point deficit with 6:47 remaining in the opening frame to tie the score at 20 entering the locker room.
The Gators continued that momentum into the second half, coming out strong and scoring six of the first eight points, forcing the Lady Pirates (2-1) into an early timeout. The early run proved a sign of things to come, as Florida went on to outscore Hampton 43-26 in the second half.
The Gator offense seemed to wake up in the second half, shooting 43.8 percent (14-of-32) and converting on 14 free throws. As the offense picked up, the defense stayed strong again, holding Hampton to 30.8 percent (8-of-26) shooting and forcing 11 turnovers, which led to 12 Gator points.
In the first, the Gators used a balanced attack on offense with six players scoring paced by Bonds, who had seven points in 12 minutes of action. UF also used hardnosed defense to overcome the early deficit, which was as much as 10 points, holding Hampton to 27.6 percent (8-of-29) shooting in the first and forcing eight turnovers in the opening frame.
For the game, Florida shot 34.4 percent from the floor after a woeful start, and held Hampton to a 29.1 percent effort while forcing 19 Pirate turnovers that the Gators converted into 19 points. UF also won the rebounding battle 53-39 and charted 10 steals, the second time the team has reached a double-figure theft mark through four games this year.
Senior guard Deana Allen (Houma, La.) finished with a career-high four steals, while collecting seven rebounds.
Jones' free throws lifts Northwestern over LSU
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Morgan Jones made two free throws with 11 seconds left to give Northwestern a 44-43 victory over No. 20 LSU on Tuesday night.
The Lady Tigers' LaSondra Barrett missed the front end of a one-and-one with 30 seconds remaining to give the Wildcats one last chance at a victory. After Jones made her foul shots, LSU's Theresa Plaisance missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play.
Brittany Orban scored 13 points to lead Northwestern (4-0) while Jones contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
Barrett had 11 points to lead the Lady Tigers (3-2).
Northwestern, which fell behind by nine points near the midway point of the second half, trailed 41-40 after Kendall Hackney made a jumper with 2:11 remaining in the game. Barrett then put LSU ahead by three points with two foul shots on the next possession.
The Wildcats had an opportunity to tie the score after Allison Mocchi was fouled while making a basket. However, Mocchi missed the free throw attempt. Setting up the frantic finish.
'Dores Tame Bearkats, 79-56
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt women's basketball team moved to 4-0 with a 79-56 victory over Sam Houston State in action on Tuesday, November 22, at Memorial Gymnasium. The Commodores were led by a double-double from junior forward Tiffany Clarke (19 points, 10 rebounds).
After continuing to struggle to shot, the Commodores again used great defense to open a lead. They held the Bearkats scoreless for a stretch of 8:06, going on an 18-0 run to open up a 57-36 lead. The Commodores were able to hold on from there.
The Commodores led, 36-30, at the break. After starting 1-8 from the field and trailing, 6-2, Vanderbilt started to heat up, going on an 11-0 run to take a 17-7 lead. The Bearkats, however, would not go away, and took advantage of 12 points off 11 Commodore turnovers to stay in the contest.
Vanderbilt returns to action on Friday, November 25, in its annual Thanksgiving Tournament at Memorial Gymnasium. The Commodores open the tourney at 2:00 p.m., hosting Lipscomp, followed by Liberty vs. No. 13/14 Oklahoma. The teams return on Saturday, November 26, with the consolation game at 2:00 p.m. and the championship game at 4:00 p.m. Admission is free and prizes will be given out at each media timeout of the contests featuring the Commodores.