Women's Hoops Falls to Ole Miss 82-70


Published: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 8:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 8:12 p.m.

The University of Florida women's basketball team almost staged the second largest comeback victory in program history, but fell short in an 82-70 loss to Ole Miss Sunday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

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Sarah Lowe scored a team-high 18 points.

Photo By University Athletic Association

After the Gators (12-6, 3-2 SEC) scored the first five points of the game, the Rebels (13-5, 3-2 SEC) rattled off a 23-1 run to take a 23-6 lead with 10:41 remaining in the first half.

But UF rallied and cut the deficit to seven by halftime and even took a 41-38 lead with 16:20 left in the contest.

Ole Miss then countered with a game-breaking 20-4 spree over the next eight minutes en route to its first SEC road win of the season.

"Tonight they outrebounded us 58-37," head coach Carolyn Peck said. "They did a great job of going after the loose balls and grabbing the boards, which eliminated a lot of our opportunities."

In addition to the 21-rebound differential, UF shot just 35.8 percent (24-67) from the floor.

Ole Miss hit 39.4 percent (28-71) during the contest which included a 9-of-24 effort from the three-point arc.

Junior Sarah Lowe (Wynnewood, Pa.) came off the bench to score a season-high 18 points for UF, while Bernice Mosby (Brooksville, Fla.) chipped in 17 points and eight rebounds.

Tamia Williams (West Palm Beach, Fla.) netted 12 points, five assists and four steals and Brittany Davis (Gainesville, Fla.) added 11 points for the Gators who next travel to Athens, Ga., to play No. 21 Georgia on Thur., January 27. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

With 8:22 remaining until halftime, Ole Miss held a 19-point lead thanks to three consecutive three-point baskets by the Rebels, however the resilient Gators would respond.

Florida bounced back with a 14-3 run behind a smothering team defense and the offensive spark from the duo of Lowe and Williams, as they scored 12 of UF's 14 points during the run.

By closing the half on a 7-4 spurt, Florida continued to chip away at the Ole Miss lead and trailed by a score of 36-29 at halftime.

In the second half, the Gators would come out strong and start the deciding half on a 12-2 run, highlighted by a three-point shot by Tashia Morehead (Panama City, Fla.), erasing the 19-point deficit and giving Florida a 41-38 lead with 16:20 to go in the game.

For nearly three minutes both teams would battle back and forth through three ties and three lead changes, trying to gain some momentum to push ahead of the other.

After overcoming its second-largest deficit in school history, the hot-shooting Gators cooled down and the Rebels would take advantage.

Ole Miss regained its momentum and reeled off a 13-0 run to give the Rebels a 58-45 lead with 8:20 remaining in the contest.

After the Gators added a basket by Mosby and an open lay up for two of Brittany Davis' 11 points, Ole Miss would go on a back-breaking 12-5 run to put the game out of reach with 2:45 remaining.

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