Rematch between No. 17 Gators and No. 11 Tigers
Game Info: February 20 | 4 p.m. ET
Direct: SEC Network
Radio: 98.1FM/850AM WRUF
Live statistics: WEAPON OF WEIGHT
Game Notes: Florida | USL
BATON ROUGE, The. – Florida women’s basketball is scheduled to meet No. 11 LSU on Sunday, Feb. 20 for the second time this season at 4 p.m. ET at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network with Sam Gore and Tamika Catchings on the call. Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will assume radio responsibilities on 98.1FM/850AM WRUF.
The No. 17 Gators and the No. 11 Tigers met earlier this season on Jan. 23, with the Gators earning a hard-fought 73-72 victory in Gainesville, Fla. The presence of veterans Kiara Smith led the Gators with an impressive 23 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals. Second year Jordyn Merritt contributed 16 points, including 4 of 6 three-pointers, including three in the third quarter to help keep the Gators within striking distance at four late, in addition to seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Zippy Broughton came in big for UF, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and three steals.
After three straight road games, Florida returned home Thursday night to defeat Arkansas, 76-67, at Exactech Arena. The Gators defense shone, holding the Razorbacks, who are averaging more than nine threes per game, to just 1 of 13 shots from long range. Kiara Smith led UF with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Florida now has 20 wins for the first time since the 2015-16 campaign when it ended 22-9. They are the fastest UF to reach 20 wins since starting 20-2 in the 2008-09 season.
After beating Arkansas, Florida earned its 10th conference win of the season, marking the first time the Gators have reached 10 SEC wins since the 2000-01 season when they started 10-3 in the league. Florida also won 10 SEC games for only the fourth time in program history. The last time UF won 10 conference games was in a 10-6 season in 2015-16. Six of Florida’s wins have come on the road in SEC play, the most SEC road wins for the Gators since the 2000-01 season.
When UF gets to the free throw line, the Gators are a tough team to beat. Florida leads the conference in free throw percentage, connecting on 74.6 percent of their attempts. This season, UF has shot over 75% in 14 games and over 90% in three competitions. The Gators have shot over 75% in seven of their last nine outings.
After entering the top 25 for the first time since the 2015-16 season a week ago, the Gators continue to climb the rankings, ranking 17th in the AP poll and 21st in the Coaches poll this week.
LSU enters the contest with a 22-4 record (10-3 SEC) and is currently tied at three for second place in the conference with Florida and Tennessee. Most recently, the Tigers beat Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi, 71-59.
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