Dotson named SEC player of the week


Published: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 5:31 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 5:31 p.m.

Florida's Marshae Dotson, who led the Gators to a pair of victories last week that included her game-high 20-point performance over Georgia, was recognized as the Southeastern Conference women's basketball player of the week, the league announced Monday.

It is the first time the Gator senior has been honored with the league's weekly award. She did collect notice as the SEC freshman of the week in January of 2006, but never as the conference's overall recipient.

In the team's first game of the week, Dotson helped the Gators to a 77-63 road win at South Carolina on Thursday, when she shot 8-for-8 from the field and topped the 1,300-point plateau for her career during the win.

Florida's tallest starter at 5-foot-10, Dotson averaged 19.5 points in the two-game span, while shooting 64 percent (16-25) from the floor against significantly taller opponents.

Her game-high 20 points against the Lady Bulldogs carried the Gators to a win over Georgia for the first time since the 2003-04 season and snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Lady 'Dawgs, ending UF's longest active slide to an SEC team.

Dotsonís six rebounds against Georgia also extended her streak of having grabbed at least one rebound in all 113 games she has played in her career, while she scored in her 84th straight game.

Fellow Gator senior Sha Brooks has been honored twice this season as the SEC player of the week, as the two veterans have led

Florida to a 17-2 overall record (3-1 in the SEC), tied for the best 19-game record in the 35-year history of the program.

The Gators have a midweek bye before playing host to Ole Miss on Sunday with tip-off at the O'Connell Center scheduled for 2 p.m.

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