Hayden shines in the 62-49 win

Published: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 12:18 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA - University of Florida All-American Vanessa Hayden led a balanced scoring attack and a stifling defense in the Gator's 62-49 victory over Temple at the Liacouras Center.

Hayden scored 15 points with 17 rebounds and seven blocks, as UF improved to 10-3 overall, which surpassed the Gator's entire win total from last year.

"It feels great," UF head coach Carolyn Peck said of the team's 10th win. "To get that hurdle off our backs from last year was big."

The Gators open their SEC slate at Mississippi on Jan. 8.

Tashia Morehead posted her first career double-double, recording 14 points with 11 rebounds. Bernice Mosby added 13 points with five boards, while Tishona Gregory scored 12.

With her seventh block of the night, Hayden moved into third place all-time in Southeastern Conference history, passing Georgia's Katrina McClain who swatted 290 during her All-American career.

The Gator defense held Temple (4-6) to just two points in the final 13:05 of the first half, while ending the period with a 15-2 run and turning a 3-point deficit into a 25-13 halftime lead. The Owls shot only 21.4 percent from the field during those first 20 minutes and missed 14 straight field goal attempts during a 8:04 span.

The Gators committed a quick turnover to begin the second half and Temple scored the first bucket. But Tishona Gregory responded with a three-pointer that was followed by a trey from TU's Cynthia Jordan. However, the Gators ripped off a 9-2 run with five points from Vanessa Hayden that gave UF 37-20 lead and the Gators never looked back en route to the win.

UF also dominated the boards, outrebounding Temple 47-33. The Gators also held the Owls to just 33.9 percent shooting during the game.

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