Gators top 100 in blowout victory
Florida beats Saint Francis 105-71
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 11:37 p.m.
Kayla Lewis tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds en route to her first double-double of the season to lead seven double-figure Gators to a 105-71 victory over Saint Francis on Tuesday night at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Florida's seven double-digit scorers is the most in program history, tying the seven that notched 10 or more points in the season opener against Bethune-Cookman.
For the seventh time of the season, every Gator that has dressed out has scored. Additionally, Florida's win marked the second time in program history that the Gators have breached the century mark in consecutive games. In 1994, Florida scored 100 or more points in three straight games.
"Kayla (Lewis) had a big night. It was nice to score like that in front of our home fans. That (the points scored) has to make us feel good about where we are at offensively, and it was just a great win to share with the home crowd,” said UF head coach Amanda Butler.
Florida opened the game on an 8-0 run before Saint Francis took a time out with 18:19 left in the first half. Lewis led the early charge with four of Florida's eight points. The Gators led 27-8 after 10 minutes of play and never looked back en route to a 48-23 advantage at the half, the fewest points by a Gator opponent in a half this season.
"You've got to give Saint Francis credit for their fight. They just tried to play us down to the end, despite the score. I'm really proud of how my team handled that too. There were some moments when we're losing some composure, but we quickly regrouped. It's great to see everyone making plays and shooters hitting shots," said Butler.
The teams traded baskets for much of the second half, with Saint Francis looking much improved from the first half. However, the damage was already done and despite the effort, the Red Flash failed to come within 15 points of the Gators' lead. Florida outscored Saint Francis 15-7 in the final 3:40 of the game, eventually stretching its lead to a game-high 36 points.
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