Roundup: UF women's basketball team wins at Mississippi State


Published: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 5:43 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Junior co-captains Azania Stewart and Jordan Jones combined for 37 points Sunday to lead the Florida women’s basketball team to a 67-60 win against Mississippi State.

The Gators earned their second true road win of the year, while keeping the Bulldogs searching for their first Southeastern Conference win of the season.

Stewart scored a season-high 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, while grabbing six rebounds, all in the second half.

Jones finished with 18 points, nailing 4-of-7 from the three-point arc and more importantly 6-of-6 from the free throw line, all of which came in the final 6:41 of the game. Jones’ final field goal came with 1:48 remaining after Mississippi State (8-11, 0-7 SEC) was within five points and seemed to answer every Gator bucket late.

With Florida (13-9, 3-5 SEC) holding a 63-57 lead with 56 seconds to go, Lanita Bartley came up with a huge offensive rebound off a missed free throw. She was able to work the clock and eventually was fouled with 37.1 seconds to go.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Second-ranked Florida defeated Winthrop, 7-0, at Linder Stadium to earn a chance to compete in the Feb. 18-21 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar’s Head Tennis Club in Charlottesville, Va.

“Today was the most focused we have been all year,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We challenged them in the locker room before we came out today and I was very pleased.”

Florida extended its home-court winning streak to 85-consecutive matches.

The Gators return to the court next Saturday to take on No. 3 Baylor at 1 p.m. at Linder Stadium.

SWIMMING AND DIVING: The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Indian River State College at the O’Connell Center. The No. 5 men’s team (6-3, 2-1 SEC) defeated the Pioneers, 165-120, while the No. 8 women’s squad (6-4, 1-2 SEC) earned a 157-106 victory to conclude the regular season.




Jones finished with 18 points, nailing 4-of-7 from the three-point arc and more importantly 6-of-6 from the free throw line, all of which came in the final 6:41 of the game. Jones' final field goal came with 1:48 remaining after Mississippi State (8-11, 0-7 SEC) was within five points and seemed to answer every Gator bucket late.

With Florida (13-9, 3-5 SEC) holding a 63-57 lead with 56 seconds to go, Lanita Bartley came up with a huge offensive rebound off a missed free throw. She was able to work the clock and eventually was fouled with 37.1 seconds to go. She missed those two free throws, but connected on two with 21.7 seconds remaining that made it a two-possession game. Jones then followed with two more from the line with 15.1 ticks on the clock to seal the win.

“One of the things we talked about entering this game was that it was important to have ‘no composure' moments,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We did a pretty good job of holding to that. Jordan's free throws were huge. She wanted the ball and that's a sign of a confident free throw shooter. Lanita did a great job and the offensive rebound that she somehow ended up with put the nail in the coffin. There's no question that Azania's play today was the difference.”

Ndidi Madu added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting for the Gators, who hit 48.9 percent (23-47) from the floor overall, including a 6-of-13 effort from the three-point arc, as Bartley and Jaterra Bonds also connected from deep. Bonds collected six rebounds to share team honors with Stewart, as Florida held a 37-27 advantage on the boards.

Florida next hosts Ole Miss on Thursday, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be televised live statewide on FOX Sports Florida/Sun Sports which airs in Gainesville on COX channel 70 (770 HD). The radio broadcast can be heard live in Gainesville on WBXY-FM 99.5 and in Jacksonville on WXFJ-AM 930.

Women's tennis: Second-ranked Florida defeated Winthrop, 7-0, at Linder Stadium to earn a chance to compete in the Feb. 18-21 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Boar's Head Tennis Club in Charlottesville, Va.

“Today was the most focused we have been all year,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We challenged them in the locker room before we came out today and I was very pleased. We are a very talented and tough team and if we have that focus every time we go out, we will be a tough team to beat.”

Florida extended its home-court winning streak to 85-consecutive matches.

The Gators return to the court next Saturday to take on No. 3 Baylor at 1 p.m. at Linder Stadium.

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