Women's hoops looks to extend O'Dome dominance


Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 25, 2009 at 12:04 a.m.

Sha Brooks didn’t start seriously playing basketball until she was in middle school, wanting to be like some relatives that played on teams. By the time she’s done with her senior year at UF, Brooks will have set records that leave a lot of young girls wanting to be like her.

Facts

Today's game

Who: Ole Miss (13-6) at Florida (17-2)
When: 2 p.m.
Where: O'Connell Center
Radio: AM-850

Brooks set the UF women’s basketball mark for consecutive starts with No. 110 last Sunday against Georgia. When the No. 15 Gators take the court today against Ole Miss at 2 p.m., she’ll be looking to pass Brandi McCain and become the team’s No. 6 all-time scorer. She currently sits two points behind McCain’s 1,580.

UF (17-2) has won 11 straight at home and has posted a 3-1 record in SEC play this season. The Rebels are looking to rebound from a 76-67 loss to South Carolina on Thursday.

“We know we have to be ready. Ole Miss lost a tough one on Thursday and they’ve had a terrific season until this point,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “They play very hard and they rebound extremely well. They also shoot the ball well. All of those things mean that we have to protect our home court, and we have to do all of the little things in order to be successful.”

Ole Miss (13-6, 2-2 SEC) boasts two 13-points-per-game scorers in senior forward Shawn Goff (13.8 ppg) and junior guard Bianca Thomas (13.4). As a team, the Rebels average 70.4 points per contest and give up 59.2.

Florida counters with a 74.9 point per game average, giving up 61.3.

As she has for most of the season, Brooks leads the Gators in point average (14.9), assists (4.5) and steals (1.7). But she’s not the only Florida player putting her name in the record books.

Fellow senior Marshae Dotson, named SEC Player of the Week for her 20-point, six-rebound performance against Georgia, leads the team with 7.1 rebounds per game and has hit a team-high 59.6 percent of her shots. With eight rebounds today, she’ll break into the program’s top-10 all-time list, passing Rhvonja Smith’s 777.

The record-breaking duo is supported by junior guard Steffi Sorensen, who has hit from 3-point range in 14 consecutive games, good for the seventh longest streak in the program’s record books.

Guard Susan Yenser has filled in for injured guard Jenn Mossor, starting in two consecutive games and hitting 3-pointers at a 31.6 percent clip.

A win today would put the team three home victories away from No. 300 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

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