Milestone day for Brooks

Published: Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 2:49 p.m.

Sha Brooks has already rewritten the UF women’s basketball team’s record book during her stellar four-year career.

Today, as the ball tips off at home against Georgia at 2 p.m., she’ll add another milestone to the sheets.

Brooks will be making consecutive start No. 110 against the Bulldogs, surpassing Murriel Page for most in a career. Brooks has started all but one game during her run as a Gator, and has 111 starts to her name.

But for Brooks and her No. 19 Gator teammates, today will be remembered more for how they finish than their start.

Florida (16-2, 2-1 SEC) hasn’t beaten Georgia (11-6, 1-1 SEC) in the team’s last nine meetings, but the Gators have faced the Bulldogs just twice in the 52-game series as a ranked team (the other time was a 79-62 loss to Georgia in 1998). The Bulldogs have beaten UF by an average of 25.8 points in their last eight outings.

Junior guard Ashley Houts, who will likely be Brooks’ target defensively, enters the game as UGA’s leader in scoring (12.6 ppg), assists (79), steals (47) and free-throw percentage (80.6 percent). Redshirt junior Angel Robinson has been a force inside, adding 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

The Bulldogs are coming off of a 74-28 victory over Savannah State on Thursday. In comparison, UF beat the same Tiger team 75-55 in November. Prior to that, Georgia notched its first SEC victory of the year, 69-63 at home against South Carolina. The Gators defeated the Gamecocks on the road four days later 77-63.

“This is a huge game for a lot of different reasons, with the biggest that this is an SEC game on our home floor,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “Secondary to that is our opponent is Georgia and we failed to perform up to our potential last year in either of the games we played against them.”

The Gators will test the Bulldog defense early and often, entering the game third in the SEC in points-per-game (75.7) and ninth in the nation in field goal percentage (46.6).

Junior guard Susan Yenser, a Georgia native, is expected to make her second start of the year in place of injured Jenn Mosser, who will miss the remainder of the season after tearing her ACL in the team’s SEC opener against Mississippi State. Yenser made her first start at South Carolina Thursday, finishing with five points in 14 minutes.

Today’s game will air on FSN and AM-850.

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