UF women fall short at Texas A&M
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
Junior Lily Svete nailed five three-pointers and led a furious late rally that fell short and the University of Florida women's basketball team dropped a 78-71 decision at No. 11/13 Texas A&M at Reed Arena on Thursday evening.
Trailing by 21 points with 11:10 remaining, the Gators outscored the Aggies 38-24 the rest of the way, closing to within four points with 27 seconds remaining and again with 19 ticks on the clock, but couldn't quite close out the comeback and had their two-game win streak come to an end.
“We showed some tremendous fight, in particular from Jaterra (Bonds) and some of our younger players,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “I thought they would never give up and I'm very proud of that, but it's not excusable. The mistakes that we made and our post defense was something we worked very hard on for two days and we didn't carry it over to the game. That's tough to stomach. It was a great fight and we put ourselves in position at the end and, again, it was just a mental miscue. We gave up a huge turnover right there and put them back at the free throw line. It took us out of an opportunity to do anything.”
Svete's 15 points, all in the second half, tied a career-high for the Indiana native and was her fifth double-figure scoring game of the season. Junior Jaterra Bonds led all Gator scorers with 17 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field, while she tied a career-high with eight assists. January Miller added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Gators (15-10, 4-7 SEC).
“It was huge for us, definitely a difference maker,” Butler said of the Gator's outside shooting. “Obviously, the three-point shot can bridge a gap very quickly. Lily has been shooting the ball confidently and Carlie (Needles) as well. They both shot the ball great. I'm really proud of the way we played behind the three-point line. That was not our problem. How we played in the paint was our problem.”
Aggie (20-5, 10-1 SEC) center Kelsey Bone led all scorers with 31 points and 10 rebounds and forward Kristi Bellock added 19 points and eight rebounds.
“We just need to go back and look at our starting lineup,” Butler continued. “Jennifer (George) didn't give us very much tonight. She took 14 shots tonight and only scored six points and had four turnovers. Maybe we need to mix things up again. We just need to go back to work and regroup and come back out with more fire from the start because we had a tough first half to try and overcome.”
McDonald's All-American High School Game: University of Florida women's basketball signee Ronni Williams was named the 2013 McDonald's All-American High School Game that will be played on April 3 at the United Center in Chicago.
The game, which will be televised live on ESPNU, features the nation's top 24 high school girls' players.
Williams is the first-ever Gator signee to make the prestigious All-American team.
Last week Williams, a 6-2 forward from Daytona Beach, became the first Gator signee ever selected for the WBCA High School All-America Game, which began playing on April 17, 1992.
The top-ranked basketball recruiting prospect in the state of Florida, Williams is a three-time Daytona Beach News-Journal Player of the Year selection and ranked as the No. 13 best player in the country on ESPN's Class of 2013 national recruiting list. Williams also was recognized by ESPN HoopGurlz Super 60 rankings as the second-best wing-position player in the 2013 recruiting class.
Williams topped the 2,000-point plateau for her prep career on “Senior Day” and led Atlantic High School to the District 7-4A championship on February 2 with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Through that game, Williams is averaging 19.9 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per game during her senior season. Her individual game high this year was a 38-point, 17 rebound performance in a win against New Smyrna Beach on Jan. 24.