Roundup: UF women's hoops tops Bulldogs on road

Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 12:02 a.m.

Sophomore Trumae Lucas came off the bench and scored seven points during an 8-2 run late in the game to spark Florida’s 55-52 victory against Mississippi State on Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

The victory, which was Florida’s first against Mississippi State in Starkville since Feb. 9, 2006, snapped a two-game slide and denied the Lady Bulldogs a 4-1 Southeastern Conference start that would have been their best in program history.

Florida trailed by as many as six points, 38-32, with less than 12 minutes to go but rallied thanks to Lucas hitting 6-of-8 free throws in the final 1:32 to seal the victory and improve Florida to 10-8 overall and 3-2 in SEC action.

The Gators continue their two-game SEC road swing on Thursday, when the team travels to Tuscaloosa to play Alabama, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

Sharielle Smith led the Gators in scoring with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while collecting seven rebounds. Azania Stewart contributed 11 points and five boards, while Steffi Sorensen tied her season-high of 12 rebounds, while adding eight points. Lucas finished with eight points, as did Jordan Jones, who also dished a team-high four assists and extended her three-point shooting streak by hitting a three in her 18th consecutive game, tied for the fifth longest streak in UF history.

“We played with tremendous toughness today for all but maybe a four-minute span when we lost it and Mississippi State made a run. I have to commend our team, though, because we got it back,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said.

Men’s tennis: Florida’s 10th-ranked doubles pair of senior Antoine Benneteau and junior Alexandre Lacroix have earned a spot in the doubles final at the SEC Indoor Championships in Norcross, Ga.

The duo advanced by virtue of the withdrawal of their semifinal opponents, J.P. Smith and Davey Sandgren of Tennessee. Another Gator pair, freshman Sekou Bangoura Jr. and sophomore Joey Burkhardt, fell in their semifinal, 8-5, against Georgia’s Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg. Benneteau and Lacroix will face Hunt and Schnugg in the final today 10 a.m.

Women’s tennis: The Gator doubles team of Marrit Boonstra and Anastasia Revzina dropped a 9-7 decision to North Carolina’s top-seeded Sanaz Marand and Sophie Grabinski in the semifinals of the Flight One draw.

In additional singles matches outside of draw play, Revzina rebounded with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over Arizona State’s Kelcy McKenna. Freshman Caroline Hitiman earned a win over Arizona State’s Micaela Hein, who retired after Hitiman won the first set, 6-3. Sophomore Claire Bartlett dropped her contest to Stanford’s Veronica Li, 6-2, 6-2.

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