Gators' roster down to nine


Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 12:01 a.m.
Florida's women's basketball team received another setback Tuesday when coach Carolyn Peck announced reserve guard Kim Dye will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
An MRI Tuesday revealed that Dye has a torn left ACL and a partially torn MCL. Dye injured her knee during a pre-game shoot-around before Sunday's win over Auburn.
Her injury leaves the Gators (11-4, 2-0 SEC) with just nine healthy players for Thursday's 6:30 p.m. game against No. 3 LSU in the O'Connell Center.
"We were using 10 (players), now that we're down to 9," Peck said, "everyone knows their contributions are key to us. Everybody has got to be ready to play when called upon."
Florida is still without starting shooting guard Danielle Santos, who sustained a stress fracture in her right foot a little more than three weeks ago. The initial prognosis was for Santos to miss 4-to-6 weeks, but Santos is still wearing a boot on her foot and could be out several more weeks.
Peck said she will not estimate when she expects Santos back.
"I'm not going to put a timetable on it because I know how anxious she is to get back on the court," Peck said. "If I put a time table on it, I don't want her to rush to get there and not be ready, and then lose her for the rest of the season. I'm just waiting for the word when it's time and we'll let her go."
Santos is third on the team in scoring at 9.9 per game and is second on the team in 3-point field goal percentage (40 percent). The Gators are 5-1 since her injury.
Dye averaged 1.2 points and 7.1 minutes per game, but was a key reserve for a team with a thin roster. The Gators began the season with just 11 players, but have yet to play a game with a completely healthy team.
Senior Tashia Morehead was injured days before the season opener. The Gators then lost Santos just as Morehead was nearly 100 percent. Now, Florida has lost Dye.
"I think when we do get everybody back, teams need to watch out because we're doing good right now with the nine we have," junior Bernice Mosby said.
In fact, Florida should seriously be looking at a second straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Gators RPI has been projected as high as 16th in the country and shouldn't slip much. Seven of Florida's final 12 opponents are ranked. A .500 record in conference play, combined with a win at the SEC Tournament March 3 might even be enough.
  • SAY WHAT?: A popular college baseball website (SEBaseball.com) released several preseason All-SEC awards this week. But there was one strange twist.
    The site named new Gators pitcher Alan Horne as the SEC's Newcomer of the Year. Problem is, Horne isn't an SEC newcomer.
    Horne pitched for Mississippi during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. He rehabbed an arm injury last year at Chipola Junior College before transferring to UF.
    He's not a newcomer to the SEC, but we still get the point.
  • GATORS HOLD SERVE: It seems the addition of some talented freshmen have offset the loss of Alexis Gordon for Florida's women's tennis team.
    The Gators were ranked No. 2 in the nation Tuesday by the ITA. Defending national champion Stanford was No. 1, receiving all 29 first-place votes.
    The Gators will be led by junior Jennifer Magley (ranked No. 11 nationally in singles) and senior Zerene Reyes (ranked 15th nationally).
    The freshmen tandem of Whitney Benik and Lolita Frangulyan are ranked third nationally. The Gators open their dual match season Jan. 22 when they host Baylor.
  • GYMNASTICS FALL: Rhonda Faehn's gymnastics team fell six spots to No. 12 in the GymInfo poll after a second-place finish (194.450) at Friday's Super Six.
    The sport's early season polls are based on scores.
    Utah is the top ranked team with a 197.675 while UCLA is second with a 197.300.
  • THIS AND THAT: Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon was named a vice president of the American Baseball Coaches Association last weekend. His Gators were also ranked 15th in Baseball America's preseason poll. ... Florida's women packed the O'Dome in record fashion last weekend. The Gators' gymnastics team drew 8,119 to Friday's Super Six Challenge, the second largest crowd in UF gymnastics history. Two days later, Florida's women's basketball team drew 3,842 to the O'Dome. That was the sixth largest crowd in UF women's hoops history. ... UF soccer senior Stephanie Freeman was named to a Soccer Buzz third team All-American Monday while sophomore Melanie Booth was an honorable mention All-American as a defender.
    You can reach Brandon Zimmerman by calling 374-5051 or by e-mail at zimmerb@gvillesun.com.
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