Gators continue their SEC woes


Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Melanie Johnson scored 22 points and had 12 rebounds to lead South Carolina to a 79-51 win over Florida on Thursday night.

The Gators (6-15, 0-6 SEC) hit the first basket of the game, but never led again, dropping their eighth consecutive game, the second-longest span in program history.

The Gamecocks (12-9, 2-4) then went on a 24-3 run and were never threatened the rest of the game.

"The turnovers was the thing I was most disappointed with in the first half," said UF coach Carolyn Peck, whose Gators committed 24 miscues that South Carolina converted into 34 points. "The turnovers were a nightmare. Not only did we turn the ball over, but we were passive offensively, we weren't cutting hard to the basket. But what's most disappointing was that we didn't play anywhere close to how we played against Auburn."

Florida shot just 18.8 percent (6-of-32) in the first half and trailed 35-16 at the break.

South Carolina also outrebounded the Gators 54-45.

Iva Sliskovic scored 12 points and Lauren Simms added 10 points and five assists for the Gamecocks.

Depree Bowden led Florida with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists, while Sha Brooks added 15 points.

The Gators return to action Sunday, when they No. 14 Georgia at 4:30 p.m. The unusual start time is so the game can be televised live on Sun Sports.

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