Women play LSU in SEC home opener
Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:23 p.m.
The Gators aim for their first Southeastern Conference win of the season when they play host to LSU on Sunday in the team’s first home league game of the year. Tip-off from the O’Connell Center is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET and will be televised live on the SEC Women’s Basketball Network (LISTING of the 49 different stations in 16 states to air the game live).
Both teams are coming off of close SEC-opening contests, as Florida dropped a 76-69 decision at sixth-ranked and preseason SEC favorite Kentucky while LSU earned an 84-79 victory over Ole Miss in Baton Rouge.
The Gators (11-4, 0-1 SEC) enter Sunday’s game against LSU riding a 14-game home winning streak, tied for the fourth-longest in UF history.
The Gators and Tigers (10-4, 1-0 SEC) met twice during the regular season last year and Florida captured both by a combined 13 points. Florida first earned the 62-58 win in Gainesville on Jan. 15, 2012, and snapped a five-game skid against LSU. The Gators then posted a 73-64 victory on Feb. 2, 2012, in Baton Rouge, where Florida tallied its first win since Jan. 21, 1996.
LSU holds a 24-11 lead the 35-game series, including an 11-6 record in games played in Gainesville. Since the mid-1990s when the Gators won seven consecutive games against the Tigers, LSU has captured 14 of the last 18 meetings against Florida.
Preseason Naismith Player of the Year candidate Jennifer George has scored in double-figures in 12 of the 14 games she has played this year (did not play in the season opener). George, who is the SEC’s ACTIVE career leader in double-doubles with 25, most recently tallied a 14-point, 11-rebound effort at sixth-ranked Kentucky (Jan. 3). George also is the SEC’s ACTIVE career leader in rebounds (780) and is second for blocks (152) and fifth for steals (140).
George leads the Gators in scoring (14.6), rebounding (9.2) and steals (2.5) and ranks second for field goal percentage (54.5%) and blocked shots (17).
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