UF women's hoops handles Northern Iowa


Published: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 12:20 a.m.

LAS VEGAS — Five Gators produced a double-figure scoring effort and Florida contained a dangerous 3-point shooting team to earn a 80-63 win against Northern Iowa on Saturday in the second day of the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas.

The Gators (5-1) won their third consecutive game by hitting 51.6 percent (33-64) of its shots from the floor and a steady 10-of-14 from the free throw line. Florida also limited the Panthers (2-3) to a 31.8 percent (7-22) mark from the three-point arc and held a 38-30 rebounding edge. The Gators forced 16 turnovers and converted those into 13 points.

“I thought this was a really solid team win,” UF coach Amanda Butler said. “There are certainly areas where we have to improve. I thought we could have done a better job of defending the drive, but all and all we beat a very good team that poses some unique challenges to us, especially on defense.”

Freshman Carlie Needles scored a team-best 14 points, on 5-of-8 shooting that included a 3-of-6 effort from the three-point arc, while freshman January Miller scored a career-high 12 points, hitting 6-of-8 form the floor and collecting four offensive rebounds.

Senior Jennifer George scored 12 points with five rebounds despite foul trouble for the entire game.

The Gators conclude action at the tournament today when they play Arizona State (1-3) beginning at 3 p.m. The Sun Devils defeated Northern Iowa, 66-63, on Friday, and then lost to N.C. State, 72-68, on Saturday.

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