Alabama routs Florida in women's basketball

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:46 p.m.

Tierney Jenkins scored 28 points with 12 rebounds and led Alabama to an 82-58 victory over Florida at Coleman Coliseum in front of 1,367.

Each of Florida's first five Southeastern Conference games were decided by fewer than 10 points, but Thursday evening's affair wasn't close after the Crimson Tide closed the first half on a 10-2 run en route to snapping their five-game losing streak and earning their first conference victory.

Alabama (9-10, 1-5 SEC) opened the second half with a 12-3 run that extended its 38-26 halftime lead to 21 points and the Gators (10-9, 3-3 SEC) would never recover.

“We just weren't ready to play today, I don't know how else to dissect it,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I'm sure the film will show us specific things, but it was a lot more important for Alabama to get the win today and it showed all over the court. Tierney Jenkins kicked our butts from one end of the court to the other. You have to commend Alabama because had just lost a player for the season and it was important for them to step up and get every rebound. They out-played us in every category.”

Sharielle Smith and Azania Stewart both scored nine points to lead Florida, which shot just 31.4 percent from the floor (22-70), including a 22.2 percent 3-point mark (4-18). Smith also collected a team-high nine rebounds, helping the Gators to a 43-37 edge on the glass.

Ndidi Madu and Jennifer George scored eight points apiece for Florida, which had 10 different players score during the game.

Jordan Jones, UF's leading scorer, was held without a point until there was 2:55 remaining in the game until she knocked down a 3-pointer from the left side of the arc, which moved her into a tie for fourth in UF history with 19 consecutive games converting a trey.

Alabama hit a blistering 58.2 percent of its shots, the highest mark by a Gator opponent this season. The Tide also nailed 65.4 percent during the second half, when UF hit just 30 percent. Celiscia Farmer contributed 19 points off the bench for Alabama, while Ericka Russell tallied 18 points and seven assists.

The Gators return to the court on Sunday when they play host to South Carolina in the O'Connell Center beginning at 1 p.m. Sun Sports will air the game live statewide, while WBXY-FM (The Star 99.5) provides live radio coverage.

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