Bartley scores 28 as UF women top Charlotte

Published: Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Senior Lanita Bartley scored a career-high 28 points and Florida hit 8-of-8 free throws in the final minute to seal an 82-73 victory against Charlotte on Friday afternoon during the final day of play at the Courtyard LaGuardia Turkey Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Gators (5-1), who won their fifth consecutive game, also got a double-figure scoring effort from Deana Allen and Jaterra Bonds, who both tallied 12 points and helped Florida avenge last year’s season-ending loss in the third round of the WNIT to the 49ers (5-2). Jennifer George just missed her third straight double-double, finishing the game with nine points and nine rebounds, helping the Gators win the rebounding battle, 45-39, and take a 40-36 edge in points in the paint.

“We had another night of great individual performances and I think that makes it really, really hard for teams to prepare for us. Most importantly, we won the battle in the paint, scoring and rebounding-wise,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We played really good zone defense, which is not something we’ve worked a whole lot on but it was what needed to happen. With a veteran team like we have we were able to make adjustments and we responded.”

Florida overcame a seven-point deficit with 13:46 remaining and tied the score at 56 with 10:28 on the clock, as Bartley scored nine points, George four and Allen and Ndidi Madu a pair each during the stretch.

Bonds snapped the tie with a 15-foot jumper and then pushed the ball up the floor where she fed George, who converted for a 60-56 lead and the Gators would never trail again.

Charlotte closed within three points twice on its next two offensive possessions, but Jordan Jones answered the first time with a floater in the lane and Bartley knocked down two free throws the second time.

Florida returns to action on Tuesday, when the team plays host to Belmont in the O’Connell Center at 7 p.m. Fans can tune into the game on the radio at WBXY-FM 99.5 “The Star” in Gainesville.

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