Gators overwhelm Savannah State in record-setting night


SAVANNAH, Ga. – It sure didn’t look like a team that was playing its third game in three days, as Florida used another record-setting, long-range performance and Delicia Washington’s triple-double to defeat Savannah State, 90-40, in the final game of the Savannah Invitational played at the Savannah Civic Center Thursday evening.

With 6:57 remaining in the game, Washington found senior Haley Lorenzen under the basket where she finished the play and helped complete just the third triple-double in program history. Washington finished the game with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Gator All-Americans and WNBA first-round draft picks DeLisha Milton and Vanessa Hayden as the only others to accomplish the feat.

There were a number of individual milestones and accomplishments during the game and the majority of those contributed toward Florida sinking 17 three-pointers, passing the old standard of 15 the team recorded against Richmond two days ago.

Sophomore Sydney Searcy led all scorers with a career-high 20 points, thanks in part to a 6-of-12 effort from the three-point arc, as UF (3-3) converted 17-of-39 on the night. Search had tied her then-career best of 11 points in last night’s game against Stetson.

Lorenzen finished with 18 points and eight boards, while Paulina Hersler added 17 points and nine rebounds.

“We had a number of players gain some confidence tonight,” UF coach Cameron Newbauer said. “A triple-double for Delicia Washington, someone who the last couple of days has struggled shooting from the floor in terms of her shot percentage but comes out tonight with a triple-double and had some really, really on-time passes. Hats off to her, but also her teammates. If her teammates don’t make shots, she doesn’t get 10 assists. We had 21 assists on 30 field goals – that’s terrific.”

Freshman Jalaysha Thomas collected a career-high and team-high-tying 12 rebounds along with seven points, as the Gators outrebounded the Tigers (1-4), 58-27.

Florida returns to Exactech Arena and plays host to Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Tuesday.