Narrow road

Florida suffers narrow road loss to LSU

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — Kelly Rae Finley and the Florida women’s basketball team have climbed to no. 17 in the latest AP Top-25 Poll, before suffering their first loss in the last six games.

The no. 17 Gators (20-7) were outscored by LSU, 11th in the standings (23-4) in three of four quarters and were unable to overcome the hostile road crowd or their opponent in a loss of 66 -61.

Although Nina Rickards, Kiki Smith and Zippy Broughton each scored in double digits – combining for 30 of the team’s 61 total points – the rest of the orange and blue squad only had 30 points. Florida shot less than 40% each quarter, including just five shots in quarters one through three.

The Gators were also just 4-18 from beyond the arch and made just 11-22 free throws – the purple and gold didn’t make a single triple all game, but shot down 22-32 free throws to make up for their lack. of outside production. Another glaring stat in the loss to LSU was points on turnovers. Florida forced 11 turnovers on the Tigers, but only came away with a two-point difference. Meanwhile, LSU had 15 takeouts and recorded 16 runs on those.

The Gators will take a few days off before hitting the road again to face Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday, February 24.

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