Turnovers doom No. 21 Florida women's basketball on road against Vanderbilt Commodores

Aria Gerson
Gator Sports

It was Jordyn Cambridge's senior night for Vanderbilt women's basketball and the team did its best impression of the point guard. Forcing 28 turnovers, the Commodores (13-16, 4-11 SEC) snapped a six-game losing streak with their 63-59 win over No. 21 Florida. 

Guard Kiara Smith led Florida (20-8, 10-5) with 18 points and seven rebounds. Zippy Broughton scored 14 points and Nina Rickards chipped in 12 for the Gators. Freshman Taliyah Wyche had scored six points and pulled down six rebounds.

Smith sank an open 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left but Vanderbilt freshman Iyana Moore, a 78% free-throw shooter, iced it by making both her free throws at the line with 8.8 seconds left.

It was Vanderbilt's first win over a ranked opponent since March 1, 2020.

The teams combined for 49 turnovers — the 28 by Florida led to 28 points by Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt seniors

Cambridge had six steals and Moore and senior forward Brinae Alexander had four each to lead Vanderbilt. Freshman forward Sacha Washington scored 16 points, Cambridge scored 14, Alexander scored 11 and Moore scored 10 for the Commodores.

On Vanderbilt's senior night, the team honored Cambridge, Alexander and Asha Taylor, all three of whom were in the starting lineup.

Cambridge, in addition to her 14 points and six steals, had five rebounds and five assists. Alexander added four rebounds and one block.

Cold from 3

The Commodores struggled from deep Thursday, making just 2 of 11 from beyond the arc. While Florida wasn't great from 3 either.

Florida missed its first seven 3-pointers of the game, but made four of its next five to get within 44-41 late in the third quarter. The Gators finished 7 of 24.

Both teams struggled from the free-throw line as well. The Commodores shot 61% on 18 attempts and Florida shot 57% on seven attempts.

Associated Press contributed to this story