Women's hoops opens SEC play with win over Arkansas


Published: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 3, 2010 at 11:56 p.m.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., — Florida opened its conference schedule with a a 59-53 victory over Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday.

It was the Gators’ (8-6, 1-0 SEC), it was their first road win in a league opener since the 2004-05 season, when Florida downed Arkansas, 68-56.

“Road wins count double, that’s what I tell our team,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “If you can go on the road and win in our league, it’s a big, big deal. This is a big win for us and a great way to start the new year and the SEC season.”

Lonnika Thompson) and Azania Stewart led Florida with 12 points each, as nine different players scored for the Gators, who shot 35.3 percent overall from the floor and 75 percent from the free-throw line.

Florida returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Auburn in the O’Connell Center at 7 p.m.

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