FLORIDA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Women's basketball plays Winthrop in WNIT


Freshman Carlie Needles is 6-of-12 from 3-point range over the last two games for the Gators.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:32 a.m.

Florida (19-14) plays Winthrop (21-11) in the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament on Monday at the Winthrop Arena in Rock Hill, S.C, where tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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WHO: Florida (19-14, 6-10 SEC) at Winthrop (21-11, 14-4 Big South), WNIT Second Round
WHEN: Monday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rock Hill, S.C.
RADIO: 99.5 FM
NOTES: Today's game will be the first-ever meeting between Florida and Winthrop on the hardwood. ... 18 of Florida's games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. ... Entering the season for UF, only senior Jennifer George and juniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete had played in a postseason game.

In the Gator's WNIT first round win at FIU on Thursday, freshman Sydney Moss scored a career-high 28 points and junior Jaterra Bonds totaled 19 points with a season-high seven rebounds and a game-high five rebounds in leading Florida to a 75-68 win. The Gators shot 51.9 percent in the second half, when they held the Panthers to a 20 percent clip and outscored the hosts by nine points to overcome a 38-36 halftime deficit.

Winthrop also trailed at halftime of its first round road game to Florida Gulf Coast, which managed to connect on 12 three-pointers but was held to a 29.5 percent overall shooting effort.




Winthrop, which earned its first-ever postseason win, played just six players in the victory, with 2013 Big South Player of the Year Dequesh McClanahan and 2013 Big South Freshman of the Year Schaquilla Nunn both netting double-doubles of 19 points and 12 rebounds, and 17 points and 13 rebounds, respectively.

McClanhan averages 19.9 points along with 5.8 assists along with 5.4 rebounds to lead Winthrop.

Monday's game will be the first-ever meeting between Florida and Winthrop on the hardwood.

While Florida has made five previous trips to the postseason, the current group of Gators was a bit lean on postseason experience of any kind entering 2013. Only senior Jennifer George and juniors Jaterra Bonds and Lily Svete had played in a postseason game.

This season George leads the Gators in rebounding (7.9), steals (1.9) and blocks (49) and ranks second for scoring (11.3 pg) and field goal percentage (47.4%).

As a team, Florida is hitting 37.9 percent from 3-point range over the last two outings, with freshman Carlie Needles drilling 6-of-12 (50%).

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