Three offensive rebounds and one 3-point shot were Florida’s 55-48 win over Texas A&M in the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball action at Reed Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Florida (12-3, 1-1) trailed for much of the second half, but took a 46-44 lead with 4:22 left on a driving layup by senior Nina Richards. Two free throws by A&M Jr. Sahara Jones, who tied the tenth and final game before, were answered.
Florida extended their lead to 48-44 with a layup from an offensive rebound by sophomore guard Jeraah Warren. A&M’s killer (5-7, 0-2) was the next possession when the Gators scored his two offensive rebounds, with Warren scoring in the end. A rebound and two of his A&M fouls allowed Florida to keep him on the ball for over a minute. Florida sophomore Alberto Rimdall supplied the dagger last, hitting a 3-point shot for a 51-44 lead with 1:58 remaining, equaling the Gators’ biggest advantage.Averaging six 3-pointers per game. Florida shooting was 1 of 12.
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A&M fought back to get inside 51-48 on the baskets of sophomore forward Jada Malone and alumni center Aaliyah Patti, but with 21 seconds remaining, Florida senior KK Deans sealed the win with two free throws for the Gators. Did.
“You need to make sure you can perform offensively, defend without fouling, and get defensive rebounds when you’re tired or under pressure,” said A&M head coach Joni Taylor. “We didn’t make it to the end.”
Florida made 8 of 14 field goals, including both 3-pointers, to beat A&M 22-12 in the final quarter. The Gators said he only shot 1 of 10 shots in the 3rd quarter and also had 5 turnovers. This allowed A&M to recover from his 7-point gap to take a 36-33 lead.
A&M won 76-34 at top-ranked South Carolina, but failed to finish and suffered three straight losses.
“What’s success like if it doesn’t bring victory?” Taylor said. “There have been many successful moments in terms of what we measure.”
Patty was one of the few Aggies with plenty of SEC play, having a solid game with 15 points and 6 of 10 field goals. Sophomore guard Elinie Kindred said he scored nine points on 4-for-9 shooting in 27 minutes. Both are career highs. She scored just 20 points in 105 minutes. Jones had 10 points and 6 rebounds.
“I’m really happy with how we’re playing,” Taylor said. “I thought we had a clean game on both sides of the ball. I thought our attacking execution was much better.
Averaging 75.6 points per game, the Gators only had one fast-break bucket in their lowest-scoring game this season.
Florida took a 27–22 lead at halftime by making 8 of 14 field goals in the 2nd quarter, just like they did in the 4th. The Gators offense saw him manage only six points in the third quarter.
Shooting 32.7 percent from across the arc, Florida missed its first 10 3-pointers.
“Going into the fourth quarter, I asked the team to take a deep breath, close their eyes, and imagine a large trash can. That would be the edge.” Taking the pressure off each shot, sometimes someone had to shoot to score, and that paid off in the fourth quarter.”
Rimdal boosted his team by hitting a 3-pointer in front of the bench with 5:56 remaining to give Florida a 42-40 lead.
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“We played a good three-and-a-half quarter,” said A&M junior guard Kay Kay Green. could not take advantage of.”
Richards led Florida with 14 points and scored 6 of 12 points. Junior center Rashaya Kyle added 12 points and hit 5 of 9, while Rimdal finished 4 of 10 with 10 points.
Florida trailed 36 to 14 in paint points. He also had 9-2 edge second chance points, all but two of which he came in the all-important fourth quarter.
“We needed to get offensive rebounds and defend three better. They made two big threes near the end,” Patty said. Things are what you have to get better at the end of the game because they win or lose the game.We didn’t do well tonight but we will learn from those mistakes and be better in the next game. intend to.”
Note – A&M had eight players in two straight games. … freshman Sydney Bowles, the first time he played 40 minutes. …was his 800th win for Florida. …A&M on Thursday he attends LSU.