Roundup: Women's hoops suffers loss to Arkansas in double overtime
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 30, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.
Florida missed 14 free throws and Arkansas staged a comeback as the Gators dropped a 73-72 double-overtime decision at Bud Walton Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Arkansas (16-5, 5-4 SEC), which entered Sunday's contest having won its last four SEC games by an average of 19 points, rallied from an 11-point deficit with 4:25 remaining, as well as eight points down in the final 2:02 of regulation to force overtime, where the Gators (13-8, 3-5 SEC) missed 3-of-6 free throws in both extra frames, after converting only 5-of-13 during regulation.
Seven of Florida's eight SEC games this season have been decided by six points or less.
“It's a colossal disappointment,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “To play so well for so long, turn the ball over in some crucial moments and then not step up and hit free throws when we could have seemingly won comfortably. Arkansas is a great team. They were on a mission and did a great job.”
Men's Tennis: The No. 5 Florida (3-0) men's tennis team advanced to the ITA Men's National Team Indoors with a 6-1 win over Wake Forest (4-1) in the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Gainesville. The Gators earned one of 16 spots in the national tournament, hosted by the University of Virginia Feb. 17-20 in Charlottesville, Va.
“I'm really glad that our team was able to advance to the ITA Indoors to be able to get that exposure so that we can be better prepared for SEC play, the SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Andy Jackson. “It's a huge bonus. We're very excited to beat a solid Wake Forest team that was extremely ready to play.”
Florida swept all three doubles matches to earn the first point. Billy Federhofer and Nassim Slilam quickly won at the first position, 8-3, over the Demon Deacons' Amogh Prabhakar and David Hopkins. Minutes later, Andrew Butz and Bob van Overbeek clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 win at the No. 3 position against Danny Kreyman and Adam Lee.
The Gators will travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a regular season matchup against No. 2 Virginia at 1 p.m. on Saturday. UF returns home Feb. 11-12 for matches against Florida St. and Illinois.