FLORIDA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

George, Gator women earn first road win


Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 12:03 a.m.

Senior Jennifer George had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Florida earned a 74-50 victory against La Salle for its first road win of the season.

George's double-double was her third straight, and 22nd of her career. She converted 9-of-12 shots from the floor.

Jaterra Bonds, a P.K. Yonge alum, tallied 13 points with five assists for her sixth double-figure scoring game this year, while redshirt-freshman Carlie Needles added 12 points, all off of a 4-of-7 three-point effort, along with four assists and two steals.

“I thought there were moments when we had some great individual performances, but there were also moments where we struggled with consistency and our toughness,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “When we had some folks who got determined and made up their minds they stepped up and made some tough plays.

“Lily Svete was one of those players,” Butler shared. “She came through in a couple of moments that were really important to us. January Miller was another player who played tough and hard. Jaterra, especially in the first half, really propelled us to that lead we took into the locker room.”

Svete, a redshirt junior, finished the game with seven points and three rebounds, while Miller, a freshman, added six points, two rebounds and two assists.

The Gators sank 7-of-16 from the 3-point line, the third time the team hit at least seven from long range this year.

The Gator defense stepped up in the first half when La Salle converted just 18.5 percent (5-27) of its attempts and Florida held a 22-16 rebounding advantage while shooting 50 percent (14-28) overall from the floor.

Florida continues action on Thursday, when the team plays host to the 23rd Annual Gator Holiday Classic. Florida plays Savannah State at 7 p.m., following the opening game between Central Michigan and St. Joseph's that tips-off at 4:30 p.m.

Day two of Florida's home tournament begins on Friday at 4:30 p.m., when Savannah State plays either Central Michigan or St. Joseph's and the Gators play at 7 p.m.

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