Gators drop fifth straight SEC game

Published: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 22, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Sha Brooks' career-high 28 points could not help the Florida women's basketball team get its first conference win.

Brooks accounted for nearly half of the Gators' offense as they were defeated by Arkansas 67-57.

Florida fell to 0-5 in Southeastern Conference games and 6-14 overall despite leading for most of the game.

UF coach Carolyn Peck said that despite the loss she was impressed by the Gators' solid start and defensive effort.

"I saw so much improvement from this team," Peck said. "I told them, I don't want one person shedding a tear or a head dropped."

The Gators were ahead by as much as 15 points in the first half due to their 5-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.

Though Arkansas shot just 28.1 percent, the Razorbacks came back with a 9-2 run to go into halftime down 28-22.

In the second half, the Gators hit only 1 of 11 from beyond the arc and lost the lead when a Danielle Allen layup put the Razorbacks up 50-49.

Florida, with starters Marshae Dotson and Depree Bowden in foul trouble, was not able to recover.

Bowden had nine rebounds, but shot 2 for 14, tying a season-low 4 points.

Dotson was hit by an errant elbow and suffered a deep gash under her left eye with 11:10 remaining in the first half. She returned that half with 4:28 left and finished the game with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Freshman forward Sharielle Smith made her first career start. She had 3 points and six rebounds.

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