Roundup: Women's hoops rallies but falls short at UK
Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 12:06 a.m.
Florida whittled a 15-point deficit down to two but was unable to complete an upset against No. 6 Kentucky, who captured the 57-52 win on Sunday in front of a crowd of 7,888 at Memorial Coliseum.
Junior Jennifer George posted her SEC-leading fifth double-double in seven league games, as well as her 12th this season, contributing 10 points and 11 rebounds with three steals and three blocks for the Gators (13-7, 3-4 SEC), who were led in scoring by senior Jordan Jones who tallied a game-high 13 points. Sophomore Jaterra Bonds, a P.K. Yonge alum, also scored 10 points for Florida, which has lost its last three games in the series against the Wildcats by a total of nine points.
Kentucky is now 18-2 overall and the only SEC team remaining with an undefeated league record. The Wildcats are off to their second-best start in program history, with the 1982-83 squad beginning 19-2.
The Gators have a midweek bye and won't return to the court until Jan. 29, when the team travels to Fayetteville, Ark., to play the Razorbacks in Bud Walton Arena, where tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.
MEN'S TENNIS: The Gators started the dual-match season with a 6-1 victory at No. 5 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on Sunday afternoon. After winning all three doubles matches to earn the first point, the Gators won five of six singles matches for the final margin.
Sophomore Andrew Butz and junior Bob van Overbeek jumped out to a fast start and won 8-5 over BU's Kike Grangeiro and Mate Zsiga at the No. 3 doubles spot. Junior transfer Frank Carleton and sophomore Spencer Newman played a tight match against Baylor's Diego Galeano and Roberto Maytin, but earned a late break and clinched the doubles point for Florida, winning 8-6 at the No. 2 doubles position.
MEN'S AND WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: UF teams recorded six first-place finishes on Sunday at the 2012 Gator Invite, held at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Gators were led by junior thrower Jeremy Postin, who set a new Florida record in the weight throw with a personal-best mark of 21.31m/69-11