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    Kentucky Survives Against Florida

    2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament
    Game 5: #1 Kentucky 71, #8 Florida 67

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    Cartell: Kentucky Gains Confidence From Hard-Fought Win

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bria Goss hit a layup with 1:22 left, and 10th-ranked Kentucky rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold off Florida 71-67 Friday in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals.

    Kentucky (25-5) will play Arkansas or LSU in Saturday's semifinals.

    The Wildcats trailed 38-25 before fighting back with a 15-4 run. Keyla Snowden's 3 put them ahead 45-44 with 13:04 left, their first lead since 6-4. And it was tight through the finish.

    Jennifer George led Florida (19-12) with 18 points, Azania Stewart had 15 and Jordan Jones 13.

    A'dia Mathies scored 21 of her 24 points in the second half for Kentucky, and Snowden had 17.

    Florida last led 65-64 on a free throw by Deana Allen with 1:36 left, but she missed the second. The Gators scored only once more on a layup by George with 20.3 seconds left.

    2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament
    Game 5 – Friday, March 2 – 12:00 p.m.
    #8 Florida vs. #1 Kentucky

    FLORIDA NOTES

    •    Florida is now 19-12 on the season, 17-32 all-time in the SEC Tournament.
    •    Florida came out strong, taking a 14-point lead with 12:46 left in the first half with a 13-0 run over 2:34 in the from the 16:01 mark to 12:46.
    •    Junior forward Jennifer George led Florida with 18 points, her 23rd time scoring double-digits this season and 39th for her career. 
    •    Senior center Azania Stewart set season highs in scoring with 15 points and rebounding with 12. It was her 3rd double-double this season and 8th of her career.
    •    Senior guard Jordan Jones hit a three-pointer for the 14th consecutive game and for the 28th time in 31 games this season.
    •    Jones scored 13 points was the 16th time she scored in double-figures this season, 65th time in her career.
    •    Sophomore guard Jaterra Bonds tied her season-high in rebounds with six, and passed the 150-rebound mark for her career, finishing with 153.
    •    Florida won the rebounding battle, 38-33 and fast break points 10-0.  

    KENTUCKY NOTES

    •    Kentucky is now 25-5 on the season, 24-31 all-time in the SEC Tournament and will advance to play in Saturday’s semifinals.
    •    UK advances to the semifinals for the third-straight season.
    •    Kentucky finished a perfect 3-0 against Florida this season.
    •    Freshman guard Bria Goss started today’s game, the 100th consecutive game that Kentucky has started a freshman.
    •    Junior guard A’dia Mathies scored 24 points, moving her up to 13th on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,378 points. This was the 23rd game this season she scored in double-figures.
    •    Senior guard Keyla Snowden scored 17 points for her 14th double-figure game on the year.
    •    Snowden hit four three-pointers, giving her sole possession of third place on Kentucky’s all-time three-pointers made list with 163.
    •    Sophomore forward Samarie Walker led UK with nine rebounds, leaving her one short of her fourth double-figure rebounding game this season.
    •    Kentucky’s bench outscored its Florida counterparts 22-6 and converted 18 Gator turnovers into 21 points.