Jan. 30, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
The women's basketball team dropped a 75-67 decision at Florida on Thursday at the O'Connell Center. With the loss, the Crimson Tide falls to 10-11 overall and 3-5 in the Southeastern Conference, while the win lifts the Gators to 15-6 on the season and 5-2 in the league.
Senior Shafontaye Myers led all scorers with 21 points, while freshman Ashley Williams recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Florida was led by sophomore Carlie Needles with 16 points.
The game went back and forth over the first several minutes with neither team leading by more than three. Florida began to pull away late in the half, leading by seven with 4:29 to go. The Tide evened the score minutes later with a put-back from junior Bri Hutchen, but the Gators would score five unanswered to end the half and take a 37-32 lead into the break.
Florida led by eight with 16:30 to go in the game after senior Lily Svete knocked down a three-pointer. From there, Alabama would go on a 12-5 to pull within one, 52-51, with 10:13 remaining. The Gators strung together yet another run to distance itself from the Tide for good.
For the game, Florida shot 46.3 percent (25-54) from the floor, while Alabama was 40.0 percent (26-65) overall. The Tide out-rebounded the Gators, 40-34, however Florida took advantage of its 23 trips to the free throw line, hitting 16.
Next up, Alabama hosts No. 10/10 Tennessee on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m. CT. The game will air live on ESPNU.
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