UF women's basketball beats MSU on road

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Junior Jaterra Bonds scored 17 points and the Gators' post players stepped up and helped Florida earn a 61-55 victory against Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday.

Redshirt-sophomore Kayla Lewis scored 12 points with nine rebounds, freshman Sydney Moss scored 10 points with nine boards and junior center Vicky McIntyre contributed 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots for the Gators (13-4, 2-1 SEC), who earned their first road conference victory of the year.

It was a tight ballgame throughout with Florida's largest lead of the contest was nine points twice, as the Bulldogs quickly answered both times.

With the Gators holding a 51-42 lead with 8:30 remaining, MSU ripped off a 10-0 run behind a pair of three-pointers from Kendra Grant, who finished with a game-high 23 points, and took a 52-51 lead with 4:30 remaining.

Bonds answered 25 seconds later with a driving layup through traffic and started a game-ending 10-3 run that included six points from the free throw line.

Throughout the game Florida would score on more consecutive possessions, however, the Gators had several of those from the free throw line and came away with one point.

MSU (8-8, 0-3 SEC) entered the game with a tendency of sending its opponent to the free throw line, with their previous two foes making a combined 75 trips.

Thursday's game continued that trend, as Florida attempted 39 shots from the charity stripe and made 25, with eight different Gators finding their way to the line paced by Bonds, who converted 8-of-10.

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