Peck's team takes a break


Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 11:43 p.m.
They've dealt with injuries, travel complications and a tiring nonconference schedule. Now, it's time for Florida's women's basketball team to take a breather.
The Gators won't play again until Carol Ross and Ole Miss come to town Sunday. The seven-day layoff will give Florida time to work on itself instead of preparing for an opponent.
"It's going to give us a few days to fine-tune what we do," coach Carolyn Peck said.
The Gators better enjoy it. After playing the Rebels, Florida travels to No. 21 Georgia and No. 17 Vanderbilt before hosting No. 7 Tennessee.
"It's sort of a good time to get mentally focused," point guard Sarah Lowe said. "After Ole Miss we have some tough games. We just want to enjoy the week where can practice and not worry about traveling or playing a game."
But it would seem like the Gators would love to get back out on the court as soon as possible. Florida (12-5, 3-1 SEC) is off to its best SEC start in four seasons and has won six of its last seven.
  • SANTOS IMPROVING: Junior guard Danielle Santos is slowly working her way back to health, Peck said Tuesday. Santos (stress fracture) had the protective boot removed from her right foot Friday and has begun jogging in the pool, shooting and ball handling.
    She has yet to practice since injuring her foot Dec. 19 at Baylor. The team initially said Santos would miss 4-to-6 weeks. Now that that date has passed, the team has not set a new timetable on Santos' return.
    "She's progressed very well," Peck said. "She's getting more strength in her foot."
  • SERVING IT UP IN THE CLASSROOM: Florida had 48 student-athletes named to the 2004 Southeastern Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll, the school announced Tuesday.
    But of the three fall sports (football, volleyball and soccer), it was Mary Wise's volleyball team which had the highest percentage of players on the honor roll. Seven of Wise's 13 players made the list. There were 15 soccer and 26 football players on the list as well.
    Florida's total of 48 was tops in the SEC.
  • WHAT A TOSS: Florida senior All-American thrower Candice Scott was named Athlete of the Week by The United States Track Coaches Association Monday.
    Scott broke her own collegiate record in the weight throw with a toss of 77-02 at the Florida Intercollegiate on Saturday. Scott's previous mark of 75-11.50 was set earlier this season at the Clemson Opener on Dec. 3, 2004.
  • THIS AND THAT: Despite a close loss at LSU last weekend, Florida's gymnastics team moved up two spots to No. 10 in the GymInfo top 25 poll Monday. The Gators average score through two meets is 195.000. ... Florida's women's tennis team has pulled out of the National team Indoor Feb. 3 due to injuries. ... Florida's baseball team will hold its first official practice of the season Saturday at McKethan Stadium.
    You can reach Brandon Zimmerman by calling 374-5051 or by e-mail at zimmerb@gvillesun.com.
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