Bulldogs quickly put an end to Gators' hot streak

Georgia's Desire Bostice, left, and Danielle Taylor, back, battle with Florida freshman Marshae Dotson for a loose ball during the first half. Dotson finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 9, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia already had an 11-point halftime lead when it scored the first 11 points of the second half.
Florida would never recover. The 17th-ranked Bulldogs defeated the Gators 89-70 at Stegeman Coliseum Sunday in front of 6,178. The loss snapped the Gator's 11-game win streak, one shy of tying the program record.
Florida (13-2, 1-1 SEC) lost its second game of the year and its first since a Nov. 23 decision at Florida State. UF's 13-1 start was tied for the best in program history. The 2001 squad also began the season 13-1, but lost to Georgia in its 15th game the year as well.
"Today was going to be a matter of team intensity and I think that Georgia raised its level of intensity to a high level from the very beginning of the game," UF coach Carolyn Peck said. "We came in passive and committed two quick turnovers to start the game and it just rolled from there.
"I don't think we played the aggressive basketball that I know we can until the last three minutes of the game and by then it was too late."
Dalila Eshe led Florida with 23 points and 10 rebounds to post her third double-double this season and the fourth of her career.
Freshman Marshae Doston also recorded the first double-double of her career, contributing 11 points with a career-best 10 boards. Dotson hit 5 of 8 from the field, as UF shot 39.4 percent from the floor.
Freshman Sha Brooks added 14 points to score in double figures for the seventh straight game.
Georgia's Tasha Humphrey scored 19 of her game-high 26 points in the second half, when the Bulldogs (11-3, 2-0 SEC) outrebounded the Gators by 14. Georgia connected on 11 of 23 3-pointers and finished the day shooting 48.6 percent from the floor.
Sherill Baker also netted 20 points for Georgia, while Cori Chambers and Janese Hardrick each had 13.
Sarah Lowe's 3-pointer with 15 minutes remaining was the Gator's first field goal of the second half, as UF attempted to rally in the second half for the third consecutive game but fell short.
Lowe's 3 was part of a 6-0 run that cut the deficit to 16 points, but Georgia staged another run to take a 20-point lead, which it held until Sha Brooks hit two free throws with 3:03 remaining to make the score 82-63.
Eshe added an eight-foot jumper, but Janese Hardrick countered with a four-point play. Eshe continued to hit from the outside with a 3-pointer and another long jumper to bring the Gators within 16 points with 1:51 remaining.
The opening minutes of the first half were played fast and furious, with both teams trading baskets and forcing five lead changes and one tie in the first four minutes.
Eshe's 3-pointer gave the Gators a 9-7 lead, but Georgia ripped off a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to take a 17-9 advantage with 13:57 on the clock.
UF chipped away and got within six points twice, but Georgia responded with a 3-pointer both times, leading by as many as 13 points on two different occasions, the last coming with 1:19 remaining in the period.
Dotson had two put-backs to get UF within nine, 43-34, with 15 seconds remaining. But Alexis Kendrick's jumper with two seconds left gave Georgia a 43-34 halftime lead.
It was the third consecutive game the Gators had trailed after the first 20 minutes of play.
Florida returns to action on Thursday when the Gators play host to Kentucky at 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center. Florida has won nine consecutive home games, the fourth longest home streak in program history.

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