UF women's hoops dominates Hampton
Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:04 a.m.
Fueled by the impressive play of its inside game, the Florida women's basketball team out-rebounded Hampton by 14 and used a 43-point second half en route to a 63-46 victory Tuesday night at the O'Connell Center.
“I'm really proud in the way we played and in particular in the way we rebounded,” Gator head coach Amanda Butler said. “Hampton is a very good ball club. We knew as evidence by their performance in the first half that we were going to have our hands full. We knew we were going to have to play significantly better than we played them last year and we also knew that winning the battle in the paint was going to be really huge for us. I am really proud of the way our players played and I'm proud of the way that our team prepared. The thing that is sustaining us right now is the way we are playing defense.”
For the game, Florida (3-1) was led by junior forward Jennifer George, who poured in 13 points and grabbed a game-high and career-tying 14 boards, to notch the first double-double by a Gator this year and the fifth of her career.
Senior forward Ndidi Madu collected a career-high 11 rebounds, with eight on the offensive end, while adding six points. Senior center Azania Stewart anchored the paint with eight points, five rebounds and her second consecutive game with four blocked shots, as she and George combined to hit 10-of-13 from the floor.
“I really felt like Ndidi (Madu) set the rebounding tone,” Butler praised. “When Ndidi went in the ball game it changed, you know there was an energy that changed. That's one of the things that makes our team so dangerous is that we put the five on the floor, whether it be the starting five or the first person off the bench, we can put a lot of different combinations and Ndidi brought a lot of energy and did a great job of emphasizing in her play what we had prepared for and what we talked about.”
Florida also received significant contributions from sophomore guard Jaterra Bonds, who added 15 points by converting 9-of-10 free throws, and senior guard Lanita Bartley, who tallied seven points, seven rebounds and a game-high four assists.