Other schools grab transferring Gators


Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Florida's losses have turned into other teams' gains.

Former Gator women's basketball freshman guard LaKendra Phillips has enrolled at Ole Miss while freshman guard LaToya Bullard and sophomore guard Jessica Jackson have enrolled at the University of Memphis.

Phillips, Bullard and Jackson, all natives of Memphis, left the Gators in late December citing homesickness.

All three will have to sit out a year but will be eligible in January of 2008.

Phillips, who averaged 3.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 12 games at Florida, was recruited by Ole Miss out of Ridgeway High in Memphis where she was named 2006 Class AAA Tennessee Miss Basketball before choosing to sign with Florida.

"I originally committed to Ole Miss during the recruiting process coming out of high school," Phillips said in a statement released by Ole Miss. "I eventually changed my mind and signed with Florida. I enjoyed my time in Gainesville, but after more consideration it just did not seem like the right fit for me."

Bullard, originally signed with Florida for the 2005-06 season, but returned home to Memphis to recover from an injury that forced her to miss an entire year of school.

She returned this past summer and played in 11 of Florida's first 14 games, earning two starts.

Jackson, a 6-foot-3 post, played 19 games as a freshman, averaging 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in a reserve role behind senior post players Dalila Eshe and Brittany Davis. This season, Jackson played in 13 games and averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds.

Former Gator women's

hoopsters make good

This has been a disappointing season for Florida women's basketball. But for two ex-Gators, it's turning into a memorable one.

Former Gators head coach Carol Ross and former Florida forward Bernice Mosby are enjoying fine seasons at their respective schools.

Ross, who coached 12 seasons at Florida, is the talk of the SEC, having led the Ole Miss Rebels to the top of the league. The Rebels are 5-0 in the SEC and 16-4 overall, good enough to earn a No. 22 national ranking.

Ross, now in her fourth season at Ole Miss, recently led the Rebels to an upset win over No. 5 LSU, the school's first win over a top-five team in 10 years.

Meanwhile, at Baylor, senior guard Mosby is finishing the sensation career she started at Florida. The former Gator is averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds for the 13th-ranked Bears. Mosby scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Baylor to a 79-70 win over No. 25 Kansas State on Saturday.

Mosby sat out last season after transferring from Florida.

She was kicked off the Gators after she got into a physical altercation with a teammate and then walked out of a home game against Georgia at halftime.

Around campus

Florida's gymnastics team remained No. 1 in the GymInfo poll Monday. Next up is second-ranked and two-time defending champion Georgia Saturday in Athens, Ga. ... The second-ranked Florida women's tennis team will open its season Thursday against visiting Stetson at 5 p.m. If you're interested in seeing a fresh face, go check out freshman Megan Alexander, from Dallas, who will be competing at No. 2 singles spot for the Gators. ... Swimming and diving coach Gregg Troy will be coaching his 100th men's dual meet Friday against visiting Tennessee. It seems like a lot more to him, though. "Some days, it feels like it's been 300," Troy said. ... Florida's first baseball practice of the 2007 season will be Wednesday at McKethan Stadium. The team already received some good news when pitcher Bryan Augenstein and infielder Matt LaPorta were named to Baseball America's All-American team.

Contact Brandon Zimmerman at 374-5051 or zimmerb@gvillesun.com.

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