UF women's hoops defeats Auburn

Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 at 12:43 a.m.
AUBURN, Ala. — Four Gators scored in double-figures and another collected 11 rebounds and Florida defeated Auburn, 65-57, on the road for the first time since Feb. 29, 2004. The Gators (15-9, 4-6 SEC) trailed by nine points early in the game, but regrouped to tie it by halftime and then took control of the second half, outscoring the Tigers (13-11, 2-9 SEC), 39-31 in the final 20 minutes for its second Southeastern Conference road victory of the season. “It was a tremendous second-half,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We played about 30 minutes of really good basketball.”

Christin Mercer led the Gators with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while pulling down nine rebounds and just missing her second consecutive double-double. Jennifer George added 11 points and seven rebounds with two blocks and a pair of steals, while Jaterra Bonds scored all of her 11 points in the second half and all from the free throw line where she connected on 11 of 14 attempts. Lily Svete nailed three three-pointers en route to 11 points, with all three of her treys coming in the final 7:16 of the game and each seeming to come after Auburn tied to gain some momentum. Sydney Moss collected a career and game-high 11 rebounds, while scoring nine points with a team-best six assists, and helped Florida to the 48-35 rebounding win. “We had amazing play from different people at different times in the ballgame,” Butler praised.

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