Balanced women's hoops bests Troy

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 11:32 p.m.

Florida used big scoring nights from a pair of freshmen along with the combination of crisp outside shooting and a strong post presence to defeat Troy, 87-62, at the O'Connell Center on Tuesday night.

Rookies Carlie Needles and Sydney Moss each scored 18 points in a myriad of ways to combine for 36 points with the pair reaching double-figures in the first half alone as they scored a combined 21 points in the game's first 20 minutes and helped UF to a 44-36 lead at the break.

Preseason Naismith Player of the Year Candidate Jennifer George posted her first double-double of the season and the 20th of her career, as she contributed 14 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, while junior transfer Vicky McIntyre also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double as a Gator and the third one of her career.

Redshirt junior Lily Svete scored a career-high 14 points and led the Gators with four of the team's seven 3-point baskets, as Florida drilled 7-of-11 from long range, as well as 52.5 percent (31-of-59) overall from the floor en route to its highest scoring output of the season.

“I thought it was great balance,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We've got a lot of people that can be threatening. I thought offensively we did a really good job of working well together, but everyone individually took their shots at the right time. I thought we had great teamwork and great shot selection.”

The Gators, who extended their home winning streak to 10, return to action Friday when they host Pacific (7-0) in the beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 99.5 FM.

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