Gators look to extend 8-game win streak

Florida guard Jaterra Bonds (10) drives past Mississippi State guard Kendra Grant (14) during the second half of the Gators' 82-72 home win over the Bulldogs on Jan. 2.

Matt Stamey / Staff photographer
Published: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:04 p.m.

Florida returns to the O'Connell Center, where it is 8-1 this season, and plays host to No. 25 Arkansas today at 7 p.m.

The Gators (12-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) boast an eight-game winning streak entering their third SEC test after knocking off No. 6 Kentucky, 83-73, at Memorial Coliseum on Jan. 5. Jaterra Bonds scored a game-high 23 points, freshman Ronni Williams posted her third double-double in the win.

Bonds, a senior, is doing it all in her final collegiate season. She leads the Gators in scoring (17.2 ppg), assists (4.4 apg), made free throws (91) and free throw attempts (112), while hitting 46 percent of her shots from the floor and collecting 1.7 steals per game.

The Razorbacks (14-1, 1-1 SEC), meanwhile, raced out to a 13-0 record to begin the season, the second-best start in program history.

Freshman forward Jessica Jackson is Arkansas' leading scorer at 15.3 points per game, converting 44.8 percent from the floor that includes a 39.7 percent mark from 3-point range.

This will be the first of two regular-season meetings this year between UF and Arkansas with the next taking place Feb. 8 in Fayetteville, Ark.

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