UF WOMEN 67, SOUTH CAROLINA 57

Lady Gators clip Gamecocks

Tamia Williams hits five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points in South Carolina.


Bernice Mosby, shown here in a November exhibition game, had 17 points and 12 rebounds against South Carolina.

DAVID MASSEY/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 4:05 a.m.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Florida overcame an eight-point first half deficit to beat South Carolina 67-57 in Southeastern Conference action Sunday afternoon at the Colonial Center.
The Gators (12-5, 3-1 SEC) were led by Tamia Williams, who hit five 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points. Bernice Mosby added 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Tashia Moorhead had 16 points, including four 3-pointers.
"At halftime, I challenged our guards to take care of the basketball," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "In the second half we made much better decisions.
"Tashia Morehead came to play today. She stepped it up big. Her focus was on, her senior leadership showed. She made a lot of good things happen.
The Gamecocks (6-11, 1-3) had just two players in double figures: Angela Hunter with 12 and Ilona Burgrova with 10.
South Carolina took advantage of turnovers in the first half to take a 35-27 halftime lead. But Florida shut down the Gamecocks in the second half and used a 24-2 rally with under 15 minutes remaining in the game to overcome a 12-point deficit.
"I also cannot say enough about our post game," Peck said. "Bernice Mosby was very aggressive and active in the paint. Brittany Davis stepped up and Dalila Eshe was huge off the bench."
Florida's victory was the 499th in the 31st year of the program.
USC continued its hot shooting during the opening two minutes of the second half, extending its eight-point halftime lead to 42-30.
But Tashia Morehead scored the next four points of the game bringing the deficit to eight, before USC countered with the next four points with 15:23 remaining. That's when Bernice Mosby, Morehead and Tamia Williams rallied UF with a 10-0 run and were within two, 46-44, with 13:04 remaining.
Just before Williams ended the spree with a trey, Morehead collected her fourth personal foul with 13:10 on the clock and went to the bench after leading UF with 16 points, but that didn't slow the Gator offense.
Ilona Burgrova ended UF's run with a jumper in the lane, but Dalila Esha answered with a strong post move for two points and Mosby followed with a tough fade-away in the paint over a double-team to tie the score with 9:30 remaining. Williams then connected on a pair of free throws before throwing up an off-balanced 3-pointer that banked in from the left corner as the shot clock expired, giving UF a 53-48 advantage.
She followed that with another 3-pointer and Brittany Davis capped the 14-0 run with two free throws, as the Gators built a 58-48 lead. After one USC free throw, Williams stole a pass at the top of the key and sank the lay-up with just over four minutes remaining that sparked a 8-2 spree that extended the advantage to 15 points, 66-52, with 1:32 remaining.
Florida now has a full week to rest and prepare for its next game, Jan. 23, when the Gators host Ole Miss at 3 p.m.

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