Moss' near-triple double leads women's hoops
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.
Freshman Sydney Moss nearly had a triple-double in her Gator debut Friday night as her nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists helped the Florida women’s basketball team to a 71-49 season-opening win over Fairfield in the O’Connell Center.
Moss, who logged 29 minutes in her first collegiate game, stepped up big for the Gators with her all-around play, but it was the play of many new Gator faces that contributed to the solid 22-point victory.
Junior Vicky McIntyre and sophomore Kayla Lewis led the Gators in scoring with 12 each, while it was Moss who controlled the boards.
It was very much a team-effort Friday as all nine players who dressed out recorded at least three points. For Moss, her nine assists not only led the team, but it was the most for a Gator in her debut since Sarah Lowe recorded six against Lamar on Nov. 24, 2002.
“There are a lot of things about this team that will emerge as strengths,” Florida coach Amanda Butler said. “We had some great individual performances, but I think that is going to be what makes us hard to guard each and every night. It is going to be really tough to focus in on just one person.
“Especially starting the season with as much attention as Jennifer (George) has received with her being our only senior has created a little bit of a misperception that if you can stop Jennifer George then you can stop Florida. These guys showed that we are much more than a one dimensional team.”
For Butler, it was also her 99th win as the Gator head coach in her career, putting her one shy of the century mark.
The Gators finished the game shooting an even 46 percent from the field and were a solid 6-of-19 from behind the three-point line. The solid defense that included 16 steals held Fairfield to 19-of-56 and 18 percent three-point shooting.
Florida returns to the court this Sunday when it takes on Georgia State inside the O’Connell Center with tip slated for 1 p.m.