Gators rally to 93-80 win


Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Senior Brittany Davis recorded career-highs of 23 points and 16 rebounds Wednesday to lead the Florida women's basketball team to a 93-80 win over Charlotte in front of a crowd of 3,693 at Halton Arena.
The Gators (4-1) rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to stage a tie for the third-largest comeback in program history.
"I'm proud of how we fought back, there was never a point when we thought we were out of the game," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "We had such great contributions from so many different players.
"Marshae Dotson played strong in the second half. Depree Bowden was focused and got herself to the free throw line and that was key."
Charlotte (2-3) came out firing in the second half, as Whitney Hoey canned a 3-pointer seconds into the period and sparked an 18-4 run to balloon a one-point lead to a 64-48 advantage just under five minutes into the half. The 49ers dominated the boards during the run, 7-2, that included five on the offensive end which resulted in short put-backs. The Gators also committed five turnovers during that spell.
Florida regrouped and served up a 22-5 run during the next six-plus minutes to erase the deficit and take a 71-69 lead after Sha Brooks' three-pointer with 6:12 remaining.
Bowden came up with back-to-back steals at the end of that run that resulted in consecutive buckets for UF, one by Bowden herself and the other by Dotson, who powered back three straight offensive rebounds and finally got one to fall to get the Gators within one.
A three-point play by Sakellie Daniels swung the lead back to the 49ers, 72-71, and the teams traded leads for the next minute. With Charlotte holding a 76-75 advantage with 4:10 remaining, Brooks and Dalila Eshe sparked an 18-4 spree the rest of the way as the Gators played composed, hit their free throws and took control of the game en route to the 13-point lead.
In the final 3:29, Florida hit 8-of-8 from the free throw line and outrebounded Charlotte 6-2 while keeping the 49ers without a field goal.
Eshe and Brooks both scored 18 points for the Gators, who shot 47.9 percent from the floor and 20-of-25 from the free throw line.

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