Roundup: Gators in WNIT Elite Eight


Florida junior guard Jaterra Bonds, UF's leading scorer this season, had a team-high 15 points in the Gators' 67-65 win at Charlotte on Wednesday in the WNIT round of 16. (AP Photo)

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 9:11 p.m.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Florida plays at James Madison in the quarterfinals of the WNIT at the JMU Convocation Center at 4 p.m. (99.5-FM) on Saturday.

This is the third time in program history the Gators (21-14) have reached the quarterfinals of a national postseason tournament, not including the 1985 team's run to the final of the NWIT that was a 16-team event. Florida reached the Elite Eight of the 1997 NCAA Tournament where the Gators lost to Old Dominion, 53-51, and won four games to advance to the 2000 WNIT championship game and lost to host Wisconsin, 75-74.

Florida has won all three games on the road to advance, defeating FIU, 75-68, on March 21 in the first round, topping Winthrop, 85-53, on Monday in the second round and earning a thrilling 67-65 win at Charlotte on Wednesday in the round of 16.

James Madison (25-10) has played host to every round of the WNIT, defeating North Carolina A&T, 77-64 on March 21, N.C. State, 72-66, on March 24 and Fordham, 77-61, on Wednesday.

The Dukes are 14-5 at home this season and boast a 16-0 all-time home record in postseason games with a 12-0 mark in WNIT action and 4-0 in NCAA contests. The Gators are 7-7 this year in true road games.

Lacrosse: No. 2 Florida is set for another top-10 matchup at noon (AM-850) Saturday when it plays at No. 10 Penn State (6-3, 1-0 American Lacrosse Conference).

The reigning ALC champion Gators hold a 13-0 record and are 1-0 in conference play.

Women's golf: Fifth-ranked Florida had a tough first round at the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., shooting a 304 (+16) for a tie for 12th place behind leader Virginia (-7, 281).

Sophomore Camilla Hedberg was the top Gator after round one, as she carded a 75 (+3) and will be in a tie for 33rd.

Softball: No. 3 Florida defeated Ole Miss 4-1 to open the road series, as junior Stephanie Tofft and sophomore Jessica Damico each drove in two runs, while freshman Taylore Fuller was 2-for-3 at the plate.

Florida (33-3, 8-2 SEC) made it eight straight wins over Ole Miss (19-19, 1-9 SEC).

Women’s tennis: Second-ranked Florida opened its road swing with an impressive 4-0 win at LSU (8-11, 1-8 SEC).

The Gators (14-2) won the doubles point thanks to Danielle Collins-Olivia Janowicz win at No. 3 and Lauren Embree-Sofie Oyen at No. 1.

Florida then jumped out to win the first set on all six singles courts, as Collins, Oyen and Caroline Hitimana polished off the victory with straight-set victories on courts six, two and five, respectively.

Men’s tennis: Florida lost 4-2 to LSU at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Gators fall to 9-8 on the season and 3-4 in the SEC, while the Tigers improved to 9-7 and 3-4. Florida host Arkansas at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Track and field: Three Gators can call themselves Texas Relays champions after the third day of competition at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Sophomore Marquis Dendy debuted in the outdoor season with his winning jump of 8.17m/26-9.75 in the men’s long jump. Senior Omar Craddock captured the men’s triple jump title with a collegiate-leading 16.43m/53-11 leap.

Marija Vucenovic won the women’s javelin.

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