UF women's hoops suffers first loss

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:00 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Senior Jennifer George scored a season-high 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Gators faltered in their first road game of the season, falling 98-67 at Florida State at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Gators (2-1) were in control of the first 12 minutes of the game before Florida State ripped off a 28-2 run and the Gators would never recover.

“They did a great job of calling a timeout and making adjustments when we made a run and took the lead,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said.

It was George's fifth 20-point performance of her career, as she hit 9-of-15 from the floor and 2-of-5 from the free throw line. Florida's lone senior was joined in double-figure scoring by Jaterra Bonds, who recorded 13 points and six assists. Sophomore Kayla Lewis added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Gators, who shot 35.6 percent (26-73) from the floor and committed 21 turnovers that Florida State converted into 33 points.

Four Seminoles (2-0) tallied a double-figure scoring effort, paced by Leonor Rodriguez's 21 points. Natasha Howard added 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, pacing FSU's effort on the boards where the hosts held a 46-36 advantage.

With Florida holding a 27-21 lead, Florida State called a timeout and went on a devastating 28-2 run to end the first half and take a 49-29 halftime advantage.

During the game-changing run, the Seminoles hit 12-of-17 shots from the field and outrebounded the Gators 12-2. George scored Florida's lone basket, breaking up a 21-0 run with a tough inside shot, as the Gators turned the ball over six times during the span.

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