UF women lose at LSU

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 6:23 p.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Facing a string of ranked teams finally took a toll on the Florida women's basketball team Sunday, when No. 12 LSU defeated the Gators 82-68.

Florida opened SEC play 3-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season thanks to wins at No. 6 Kentucky on Jan. 5 and over No. 25 Arkansas on Thursday.

But the Tigers (13-3, 2-1 SEC) opened with a 14-2 burst sparked by a Jeanne Kenney 3-pointer to build a lead they never lost, but later had to quell a Florida drive midway through the second half to secure the win and end the Gators winning streak at nine games.

“We were chasing from the beginning and that's not the way our team plays best,” Florida coach Amanda Butler said. “Once they got up on us, they did a good job of keeping their foot on the gas to make it very hard for us to creep back in.”

Trailing by as many as 19 points, Florida (13-4, 3-1) shaved the deficit to single-digits in the second half with a 7-0 run that included a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Kayla Lewis, making it 62-55 with 8:23 to go.

But LSU got crucial buckets down the stretch, and Florida couldn't close the gap.

“Our second-half effort was fantastic, but that's not enough when you're playing a team in this league, on their home court,” Butler said.

Cassie Peoples led the Gators with 22 points.

The Gators will have a week to regroup thanks to a Thursday bye from action and return to the court Sunday when they host No. 25 Georgia at 1 p.m.

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