UF women's basketball routs Belmont
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:04 a.m.
The Florida women's basketball team used a balanced offensive attack, which saw nine different players score, and a lockdown defensive performance to cruise to a 72-45 victory against Belmont Tuesday evening at the O'Connell Center.
Who: Rutgers vs. UF
Where: At Daytona Beach
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
TV/Radio: FSN/99.5 FM
“It was a great win for us, a great opportunity to try and spread our minutes around a little bit. It gave us an opportunity to work on things we don't always get to do during games,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “To have the type of balance and give everyone the opportunity at such quality minutes in a game situation is really valuable for our team going forward.”
Florida (6-1) took advantage of 29 Belmont turnovers by turning them into 44 points.
The Gators also used size to their advantage as they outscored the Bruins (1-6) by a 34-16 margin in the paint.
The Gators were led offensively by a trio of double-figure scorers. Jennifer George scored 15 points and shared team-high honors with six rebounds. Brittany Shine added a season-high 13 points and Lanita Bartley contributed 12 points, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes of play.
Using a balanced attack and stifling defense, the Gators jumped out to an early 22-12 lead 10 minutes into the contest.
UF then went on a surge, closing the half on a 24-7 run to take a 46-19 lead into the locker room and never looked back en route to its sixth consecutive win.
“We have such an advantage by having two people that can pressure the ball so effectively in Lanita Bartley and Jaterra Bonds,” Butler said. “We ask them to set the tone with their defense and ball pressure, and you saw that tonight. I thought they did a great job.”
Florida returns to action on Friday, facing undefeated Rutgers at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.