Roundup: UF women defeat Arkansas at home

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 12:11 a.m.

Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 18 points and helped the Gators present their lone senior Jennifer George with a win in the final regular-season home game of her career, as Florida defeated Arkansas 69-58 on Thursday at the O'Connell Center. George recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, in addition to three assists, three blocks and two steals.

Florida (17-12, 6-9 SEC) began the first half a perfect 3-for-3 on their first three attempts from the field. Two free throws from Bonds gave the Gators an 8-3 at the 15:49 mark of the opening frame. The Gators took a 33-24 halftime lead over Arkansas (17-11, 5-10 SEC) and never looked back.

UF will be back in action on Sunday when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to take on No. 14 South Carolina. Sunday's game will mark Florida's final game of the 2012-13 regular season.

SWIMMING: Junior Elizabeth Beisel was named SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year announced by the conference on Thursday. This is her first conference scholar athlete award of her career. Also announced were the yearly awards and All-SEC teams as Florida’s swimming and diving teams collected 25 All-SEC honors for their performances at the 2013 SEC Championships.

Beisel garnered Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, becoming only the second female swimmer from Florida to win the award as Vipa Bernhardt earned it in 2005 and 2006. She is a two-time CSCAA Division I Scholar All-American and a two-time SEC Honor Roll recipient. Beisel was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women’s At-Large First-Team and is the 2012 NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke.

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