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GRAMBLING, La. – Propelled by a strong fourth quarter, the Florida women’s basketball team opened its 2019-20 slate with a 72-65 victory over Grambling State Tuesday evening at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
Three Gators finished in double figures paced by redshirt-junior guard Kiki Smith who did a little bit of everything with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
After trailing 52-51 heading into the final period, Florida found another gear and outscored the Tigers 21-13 to close out the contest.
Senior Zada Williams also added 16 points and six of them came during the crucial fourth quarter run.
Freshman guard Nina Rickards tallied 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in her first career game. Rickards wasn’t the only Gator rookie to shine in their debut as Lavender Briggs dished out a game-high eight assists to go with six points and sharpshooter Brylee Bartram connected on three 3-pointers.
Florida (1-0) plays 3:30 p.m. Sunday against Longwood in its home opener at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.