UF women's hoops slips past South Carolina


Published: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 11:50 p.m.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sharielle Smith had 18 points and six rebounds to lead Florida to a 60-57 win against South Carolina in Southeastern Conference action Sunday.

The Gators (14-6, 3-2) got 24 points off 24 Gamecock turnovers.

Marshae Dotson added 16 points and four steals, while Depree Bowden had 11 points for Florida.

The Gamecocks (11-9, 0-5) were led by Brionna Dickerson and Ilona Burgrova with 12 points and six rebounds apiece. Jordan Jones and Ebony Jones each added 11 points as South Carolina shot just 32 percent from the field.

Ebony Jones had a chance to put the Gamecocks up by one with 16 seconds left, but missed a 3-pointer and missed a two-point follow that would have tied the game with 10 seconds left.

Dotson got the rebound and was fouled. She made one of two free throws for the final margin.

Florida led 33-20 at the break.

“This was a very exciting ballgame and we’re happy to get out of here with a win,” Florida head coach Amanda Butler said. “When you look at the key statistics, we were very fortunate because we did not do a good job on the boards or at the free throw line, but we had great individual play by a lot of different people at different times. Sharielle carried us through the first half. Depree (Bowden) sensed the moment and stepped up and hit shots when it was crucial that we score. Then, as always, Marshae (Dotson) stepped up and made a play in the paint when we needed one.

The Gators return to action on Thursday, when Florida plays host to Vanderbilt in the O’Connell Center at 7 p.m.

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