Roundup: Women’s hoops hosts Ole Miss

Published: Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

Florida returns to the friendly confines of the O’Connell Center today and plays host to Ole Miss beginning at 2 p.m.

The Gators (14-8, 4-5 SEC) are aiming to build on the momentum of their big road win at LSU, where Florida defeated the Tigers, 73-64, and earned its first win since January of 1996. Today’s game is on 99.5 FM.

It will be Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the O’Connell Center and all fans who wear pink receive $1 general admission.

Sunday’s game against Ole Miss marks the 14th consecutive year Florida has played on Super Bowl Sunday. The Gators sport an 8-10 all-time record when playing on Super Bowl Sunday, including a 5-3 mark at home. UF is 5-3 when the team representing the AFC wins the title and 3-7 when the NFC team wins.

TRACK & FIELD: At Blacksburg, Va., the Gator track and field teams finished the 2012 Virginia Tech Elite Meet on a high note, earning five victories, four personal or collegiate bests and an automatic qualifying mark courtesy of junior jumper Omar Craddock. Craddock, the nation’s top returning triple jumper, leapt an NCAA-leading 16.34m/53-7.50 on Saturday, earning third place on the afternoon and automatically qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

WOMEN’S TENNIS: At Waco, Texas, top-ranked Florida passed its first test true test of the season, defeating No. 5 Baylor, 5-2, at Hurd Tennis Center. The Gators (3-0) won the doubles point for the third time in as many matches this year, before capturing four hard-fought singles matches, with five of the six playing three sets.

MEN’S TENNIS: At Charlottesville, Va., fifth-ranked Florida suffered its first loss of the season at No. 2 Virginia, 6-1. The Gators are now 3-1 on the season. Florida got off to a slow start by dropping the doubles point for the first time in dual-match play, losing at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The duo of Frank Carleton (Naples, Fla.) and Spencer Newman (Miami, Fla.) remain unbeaten in dual play after beating the 13th-ranked pair of Justin Shane and Philippe Oudshoorn, 8-6.

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