Needles nets 27 points, collects school record for most 3-pointers

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:47 p.m.

Redshirt freshman Carlie Needles scored a career-high 27 points, all coming off a program-record nine 3-pointers, and Florida earned a 74-44 win against North Florida at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Monday.

With 1:24 to play in the contest, Needles hit her ninth and final shot from long distance and finished 9-of-17 on the night, making her just the fifth player in Southeastern Conference women's basketball history to make nine 3-point baskets in a single game and tying her for the second-most 3's in a game by an SEC women's basketball player.

Needles broke a 20-year Florida Gator record held by Bridget Pettis, who drained eight 3-pointers versus Georgia in 1993.

“It's pretty cool. It's not about the individual record; it's about what we do as a team” said Needles about breaking the program record. “My teammates really looked for me and so without them, I wouldn't have shot the ball well. I noticed they had a couple good screens, and they really found me well. It wasn't just me.”

Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete joined in on the 3-point shooting spree for the Gators by adding a long range jumper of their own and helped Florida sink 11 from the arc, the most 3-pointers since hitting 11 at Ole Miss on Jan. 31, 2010.

The largest lead of the night for UF was 34, which had Florida up 54-20 with 19:07 remaining in the game and came the same way that the first bucket of the game did for the Gators, a Lewis layup from Bonds.

UF now owns a 3-0 record all-time against North Florida.

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