Roundup: Women’s basketball hosts Gamecocks today
Published: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12:14 a.m.
Florida (13-5, 2-2 SEC) will face another huge challenge today when it faces No. 19/18 South Carolina in the O’Connell Center at 1 p.m.
The Gamecocks (15-3, 3-2 SEC) are coming off Thursday’s 66-59 victory against LSU. In addition to the win against the Lady Tigers, USC has defeated Vanderbilt and Mississippi State while falling to Tennessee (73-53) and at Georgia (42-40).
Through games played Jan. 17, South Carolina boasted the nation’s third best scoring defense in the country, allowing just 46.6 points per game, while ranking No. 8 in the nation for rebound margin at 11.2. Florida’s scoring offense ranks 18th in the country, chalking up 74.2 points per game, while shooting 44 percent from the floor, a mark that ranks No. 27.
Two of the best players in the league will be on the court today, as Florida senior Jennifer George was named as preseason first-team All-SEC selections by the league’s coaches and media and USC’s Ieasia Walker was honored as a preseason second-team performer by both.
South Carolina won both regular-season meeting against the Gators last year, snapping Florida’s five-game win streak in the series.
TENNIS: The No. 12 Florida men’s tennis team beat Miami, 5-2, on Saturday at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex, giving new head coach Bryan Shelton a win in his Gator debut. UF took the doubles point and had singles wins from the top four positions to earn the victory.
Florida opened up with solid doubles play on all three courts. The pair of Billy Federhofer and Gordon Watson beat Miami’s Omar Aly and William Albanese on court two, 8-1. Minutes later, Michael Alford and Florent Diep clinched the doubles point for UF with an 8-2 win on court one over Wilfredo Gonzales and Marco Stancati.
In singles, Florida took control early, winning the first set on five of six courts. Alford was the first to get off the courts, beating Aly, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 3 singles.
On court two, Piro broke serve to win the first set, 6-3, then breezed in the second set, winning 6-1. It was Piro’s first dual match for the Gators after having to sit out for the past year.
Watson, playing on court four, clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Victor Mauz. Florida’s final point came from Diep, playing at the top singles position against Soto and winning 6-0, 7-6 (4).
SWIMMING: Florida posted a dominant win in both the men and women’s side against Florida Atlantic. Sweeping multiple events and with a school record nearly going down, the No. 7th ranked men’s team improved their season to 5-0 with a 178-111 win over FAU while the 9th ranked women scored 169 to FAU’s 106 and improved to a 2-3 record.
The Gators, between the men and women, combined for 23 victories out of 32 races.
Leading the way for the women’s team was junior Elizabeth Beisel, who had a stellar performance in the 1650 yards freestyle, nearly breaking a 24 year-old school record with her time of 15:53.22. the third fastest time ever recorded in this event in Gator history and it is also an NCAA “A” qualifying standard. Fellow junior Savannah Napier finished second in the event (17:07.20).
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