UF women's hoops gets big SEC win

Published: Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 9:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 9:21 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Sophomore Jennifer Mossor scored a career-high 19 points and led a balanced scoring effort in Florida’s 92-74 victory over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.

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Florida's Jennifer Mossor (22) takes a shot against Arkansas' Ayana Brereton during the first half in Fayetteville, Ark.

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The win, which was the first time since February 2006 the Gators (13-5, 2-1 SEC) have won back-to-back, regular-season SEC games, was Florida’s first in Fayetteville since January 6, 2005, when the Gators topped the Razorbacks 68-56.

“I was really pleased with this win for several different reasons,” Florida head coach Amanda Butler said. “It was a win on the road in the SEC and it was a great team win. One area that we’ve really wanted to emphasize was our bench and Jenn responded to that call and had a career night.

"She did it in aggressive fashion and a lot of her points came from the plays she made on defense. Jenn led us in that regard. We had great overall play from a lot of different people.”

Mossor, who hit 6-of-11 shots from the field including 3-of-4 from behind the arc, took game scoring honors while helping Florida’s bench outscore Arkansas’, 39-14.

Marshae Dotson logged her eighth double-double of the season and the 14th of her career, as she recorded 15 points and 13 rebounds, hitting 6-of-10 from the floor while dishing three assists. Sha Brooks, who had a chance to play in front of several family members, scored 17 points, nailing four 3-pointers, with six rebounds, while Depree Bowden added 15 points and five boards, as Florida also outrebounded Arkansas, 46-34.

“We wanted to win the rebounding battle and we did,” Butler said. “That’s such an important stat in the SEC and it tends to be crucial in the outcome of most games. Everyone was involved in the rebounding tonight and it showed.”

Sophomore Sharielle Smith also proved herself inside, scoring eight points with six boards, as she hit all six of her free-throw attempts, as the Gators nailed 16-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Florida used three primary runs during the game, but it was its final one that proved the difference. With Arkansas (16-3, 1-3 SEC) whittling Florida’s lead down to six points, 61-55, with 11:14 remaining, the Gators exploded on a 16-0 run to take a commanding 77-55 lead and never looked back en route to the important SEC road win.

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