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Bonds scores 23 as Gators upset No. 6 Kentucky


Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8:54 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 23 points, Ronni Williams posted her third double-double and Florida knocked off No. 6 Kentucky, 83-73, at Memorial Coliseum.

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Florida's Jaterra Bonds is pressured by Kentucky's Bria Goss, left, and Kastine Evans (32) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, in Lexington, Ky. Florida won 83-73. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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The Gators won their eighth consecutive game overall and snapped a couple streaks in the process. Florida halted its six-game skid against Kentucky, as well as earned its first victory against a ranked team in 10 tries. The Gator's last win against a nationally-ranked team was on March 17, 2012, when the squad topped No. 16 Ohio State, 70-65, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

In addition to Bonds' sixth 20-point game of the season and Williams' career-high 19 point, 10 rebound performance, Christin Mercer and January Miller both added 10 points, as all eight Gators who suited up, scored in the game.

With the game tied at 53 and 14:57 remaining, Kentucky went on a 9-0 run and took a 62-53 lead with exactly 12 minutes remaining that whipped the crowd of 7,039 into a frenzy.

The Gators fought back and used a 16-6 run over the next 7:18 to take a 69-68 lead with 4:31 remaining.

Bonds started the spree with a pair of free throws, as Williams scored six points during the run, Mercer six points and Miller capped the march with a pair of one-and-one free throws after she was fouled on a break-away.

UK came right back with a pair of free throws, but Kayla Lewis took a great feed from Mercer in the paint and finished to spark a 6-0 run that gave Florida a 75-70 lead with 3:40 to go.

“Kentucky’s a great team, and it’s a fantastic win, to not only be able to play well enough to beat them, but beat them here, this is very significant. (Kentucky coach) Matthew (Mitchell) has done a fantastic job and will continue to, so a great opportunity for our team that we took advantage of, and this is a team that works very hard every single day and I’m just glad they got what they deserve and took advantage of the chance they had this evening," Florida coach Amanda Butler said.

Florida converted 12-of-16 free throws in the final 3:40 of the game to help seal the win.

Kentucky featured the nation's third-most potent offense, entering the game averaging 93.8 points per game, but managed just one field goal in the final 13 minutes of the contest.

Jennifer O'Neill led UK with 15 points, hitting 6-of-10 free throws.

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