Gators lose 6th in a row

Published: Monday, January 27, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 11:17 p.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Washington used a 22-5 run midway through the second half to hand the Florida women's basketball team a 74-55 loss Sunday at the Charles E. Smith Center. The loss - the Gators' sixth consecutive loss - marked the Colonial's eighth straight win.

Florida (8-10), lost its sixth straight game for the first time since the 1979-80 season, when the team lost a program-record seven consecutive before ending the skid.

The Gators committed 23 turnovers in the loss, while shooting 39.7 percent (23-58) from the floor. UF did manage to win the rebounding battle, 36-31.

Bernice Mosby scored a team-high 17 points with eight rebounds, while Sarah Lowe added 12 points. Dalila Eshe continued her solid post play, contributing eight points and eight rebounds in the loss.

For the first time in the 29-year history of the program, Florida started a women's basketball game with five freshmen on the floor. This was the 10th different starting lineup of the season and the fourth consecutive game UF coach Carolyn Peck has opened with a different five.

"I thought that the freshmen responded well," Peck said. "I liked the freshmen all out there together. Our defensive intensity was at a whole different level tonight and the freshmen had a lot to do with that."

George Washington (12-5) shot 50 percent (30-60) from the floor, hitting 15-of-29 in the second half with the majority of the shots coming from long-range jumpers and ended the game with seven 3-pointers.

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