Sorensen’s 3s key to Gators’ success


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:12 a.m.

It’s hard to gauge the exact impact transfer guard Steffi Sorensen has had for the No. 12 UF women’s basketball team. Her numbers only tell half of the story.

Facts

Tonight's game

Who: Kentucky at Florida
Where: O’Connell Center
When: 7 p.m.
On radio: AM-850
On TV: Sun Sports

Sorensen enters today’s 7 p.m. game against Kentucky as the team’s top outside shooting threat.

The junior has seen 47-of-60 field goals this season count for three points.

She leads the team in number of threes made, with senior Sha Brooks a distant second with 31 fewer.

In just 20 games played at UF, Sorensen already sits at No. 16 on the program’s all-time list for career three pointers made.

She’s only eight treys away from matching Depree Bowden’s team-high total of 55 from last season and has far surpassed Bowden’s shooting percentage from outside.

“It’s definitely been harder (to get open) as the season’s gone on,” said Sorensen, who’s 43.5 percent shooting from outside is second best in the SEC and No. 12 in the country. “The scouting reports have gotten better and the teams key in on me more from outside. I just have to fight through screens and work harder to get an open shot.”

The Gators (18-2, 4-1 SEC) will look to get Sorensen as many open looks as possible to close out a three-game home stand before taking to the road for four of their next five contests.

But to start their trip on a good note, Florida will have to trip up a Wildcat team looking to rebound from two straight defeats. Kentucky (12-8, 2-3 SEC) has kept it close in conference play, with three losses by a combined 15 points. That includes a razor-thin 69-64 defeat at Tennessee on Jan. 8.

“We prepare for every SEC ballgame to be a one-point game, that a game is going to be won by a free throw or a last-second shot,” Gator coach Amanda Butler said. “We take a one-possession approach in our preparation.”

Eleia Roddy is one of three Wildcat players averaging double-figure scoring. The 6-foot-3 inch Roddy has averaged 14 points per SEC contest, while pulling down 7.8 rebounds. Her 3.6 offensive rebounds per game in tops in the conference.

Forward Victoria Dunlap has averaged a double-double in SEC play, racking up 11.8 points and 10 rebounds per game. Guard Carly Morrow will look to be Kentucky’s answer to Sorensen, averaging 11.8 points on 34.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Florida’s Sha Brooks will look to bounce back from a tough game against Ole Miss Sunday. The senior missed her first eight shots from the field and finished with 11 points on 2-of-12 shooting. Despite the off night, the Gators still defeated the Rebels 75-54 due in part to a 31-10 advantage in bench scoring.

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