UF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Gators seek momentum
Published: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 2, 2005 at 2:08 a.m.
For Carolyn Peck, Florida's offense is all about balance. Inside and outside.
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Because earlier this season, Peck noticed that Florida was too reliant on its outside shooting, heaving up shots from around the perimeter without working the ball inside.
And a team which shoots too much from the outside is easy to defend. But Florida seemed to achieve that perfect balance in Thursday's 86-72 win over Charlotte in the O'Connell Center. And the Gators (8-4) are hoping for a repeat performance when they host South Florida (10-3) today at 3 p.m.
"We started our year off getting a lot of shots from our perimeter game and we weren't shooting quite as high from the inside," Peck said. "Now, we have a very good balance."
Florida got 17 points each from post players Bernice Mosby and Brittany Davis on Thursday, opening the perimeter for shooters like senior guard Tamia Williams, who scored 20 points and hit four 3-point baskets.
"I was feeding off my teammates," Williams said. "Brittany and Bernice were scoring inside and it gave me some open shots."
But earlier this season, Florida wasn't getting anything inside. Davis was not getting many touches and Mosby was playing slightly more away from the basket.
Of late, Mosby has began posting up inside, using her quickness and athleticism to get around taller defenders in the paint.
"It helps the post a lot (when we have balance)," Mosby said. "When our guards are shooting great from the outside. Brittany, me, Dalila (Eshe) had open shots all night (Thursday). It's nights like that that bring the team together and we have great wins."
Today will mark Florida's final nonconference game before beginning SEC play Thursday at Arkansas. Florida has endured a streaky start to the season, winning six straight games between a pair of two-game losing streaks. The Gators have now won two straight again after capturing the State Farm Classic last week in the O'Dome and are looking to build more momentum heading into conference play.
"I think we're definitely moving in the right direction," Peck said. "Since we came back from the Christmas break, this team has worked hard. South Florida is a very good team. This is going to be a very good test for us to see if we're moving in the right direction."
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