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(WBK) Gators Take Down Mizzou in Home Win 58-56 +UF's Recap

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    Gators Back in Gainesville to Host Missouri Sunday
    Women's basketball looks to continue strong play at home
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women's basketball team continues its 2018-19 SEC slate when it returns home Sunday, Jan. 13 to host Missouri at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.

    The contest will air live on the SEC Network with Roy Philpott and Brooke Weisbrod on the call while Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will handle the radio broadcast on ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM.

    Game Notes UF
    Celebrating an exciting three-event weekend at the O'Connell Center, fans will receive free admission to Sunday's game with a ticket stub from either the Friday gymnastics meet or the Saturday men's basketball game. In addition, the first 500 attendees will receive a limited-edition t-shirt featuring Alberta dribbling a basketball. Following the game, fans are invited to join the team for Sunday Sundaes and post-game autographs.

    The Gators return home after suffering a setback at the hands of No. 21 South Carolina Thursday evening in Columbia. Despite double-digit point totals from Kiki Smith and Funda Nakkasoglu who finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, the Gators were unable to overcome the stingy Gamecock defense and a quick start out of the gate by South Carolina.

    The sophomore Smith, in her first year with the Gators after transferring from ASA College in New York, has led the team in scoring in each of the last two games, finishing in double figures in back-to-back contests for the second time this season. The left-handed lead guard has found her touch from distance, netting five three-pointers in the last two games, after adding just five three-pointers combined in the nine games prior. So far in the three league tilts, Florida leads the SEC in three-pointers per game (9.3) and has registered 10 or more treys in two of its three games.

    Florida will look to the friendly confines of Exactech Arena, where it has won four of its last five, to help snap its three-game skid.

    Missouri enters the matchup winners of six-straight games and has played to the tune of a 14-3 record overall, which includes a 3-0 start to conference action. The Tigers, who are a perfect 5-0 on the road, are receiving votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll after being selected to finish fifth in the SEC Preseason Poll. Missouri has opened its SEC slate with home wins over Ole Miss and Arkansas while battling to a narrow 66-64 win at then No. 10 Tennessee on Jan. 6. The Tigers are paced by the upperclassmen duo of Sophie Cunningham and Amber Smith, who both average above 14 points per game. Cunningham, a First Team All-SEC Preseason selection, leads the way with a 15.7 points per game average to go with a team-high 3.1 assists per contest while the Louisiana native Smith, is the team's best rebounder checking at 7.9 boards per game. Mizzou is under the direction of ninth-year head coach Robin Pingeton who has led the Tigers to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, registering a 181-111 record. The Tigers allow just 56.2 points per game, the fourth-best mark in the conference, and are limiting opponents to just .354 shooting on the season, the second-best figure in the SEC.

    Florida trails the all-time series vs. Missouri, 0-7, as all of the meetings have occurred after the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in the 2012-13 season. Four of the seven matchups between the Gators and Tigers have been decided by seven or fewer points, including last season's edition, which saw then No. 15 Missouri escape with a narrow 66-64 win at home.

    Last season's meeting featured 10 lead changes, and Florida led at a point in each quarter, but Haley Lorenzen's deep three to win it at the buzzer came up short. Delicia Washington led the way with 23 points as she drained three 3-pointers and finished a perfect 6-of-6 from the stripe.

    Following Sunday's showdown with the Tigers, Florida will return to game action Sunday, Jan. 20 when it travels to Ole Miss.

    Florida vs. Missouri Broadcast Info
    Time & Date: Sunday, Jan. 13
    Live Stream: SEC Network
    Live Stats: Link
    Radio: ESPN 98.1FM/850 AM WRUF
    Records: Florida (4-12, 0-3) | Missouri (14-3, 3-0)
    Notables
    · Sunday's matchup features the league's top two active scorers in Missouri's Sophie Cunningham (1,830) and Funda Nakkasoglu (1,812). Nakkasoglu scored 1,149 points at Utah State before transferring to UF in 2016 and has scored 663 for the Gators.
    · There figures to be plenty of long-range shots taken in the game as the contest features two of the league's top three-point shooting teams in Florida (7.9 3PTFG/G, 2nd) and Missouri (7.8 3PTFG/G, 3rd).
    · Florida's eight newcomers have accounted for 71 percent of its minutes and 57 percent of its scoring.
    · Funda Nakkasoglu is averaging 22.2 points per game at home compared to 15.3 on the road. The redshirt-senior has brought her game to another level in Gainesville, recording 20 or more points in five of her six games played at home. She's shooting a sparkling .561 from the floor in games played at the O'Dome.
    · Zada Williams has enjoyed similar success at home, averaging 11 points and seven boards compared to 6.1 points and four rebounds on the road.
    · UF has featured six different starting lineups on the season as Coach Newbauer continues to try to find the best way utilize his roster which has seen eight players make their Gator debut in 2018-19. Freshman Kristina Moore is the only player to start all 16.
    · Florida's eight newcomers have accounted for 71 percent of its minutes and 57 percent of its scoring.
    · Florida's three freshmen have all played valuable minutes so far in 2018-19 as the rookies have combined to start 18 games this season. Florida's freshmen are combining to score 18.9 points per game in Gator victories compared to just 12.8 in losses.
    · As of Jan. 10, Florida ranks 64th nationally in Strength of Schedule as it has taken on six teams ranked with in the RPI's top 55. Florida has battled 10 teams that qualified for the postseason a season ago. NCAA Tournament (FSU, Mercer, Ohio State, South Carolina), WNIT (Indiana, Bethune-Cookman, Utah, UNLV, Alabama) WBI (Northeastern).
    · Missouri has also played a challenging slate, ranking 63rd, as the SEC has 10 teams that fall within the top of 70 of Strength of Schedule.
    · Nine of Florida's 12 losses have been by 10 or fewer points and three have been decided by two or fewer possessions. A season ago Florida played in 15 games decided by 10 or fewer (4-11).
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    It was a really slow-paced game and seemed NID. Not gonna lie, I turned it off early in the 2nd half. So glad to see the girls kept the faith and got to be on the winning end of a late run for once. Really happy for them.
     
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    Great come-from-behind win for the Gators!
     
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    Yes, I have been on Cam’s case but they beat a good team today. He proved me wrong. Now it is White’s turn.
     
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    the kids needed to get a win against a good team, today they came from behind against a ranked team, in large part I attribute much, but not all of their tenacity , grit and skill to the coaching job done from the loge seats by @swampgas44 @gatorbogey and @Gatorgal04 in all seriousness after the game the team and coaches were excited by the noise from the Gator crowd when the going got tough... I'm hoping a few more like this one and the crowd will grow, there is no quit in our kids and they count the house every home game, we sent some Mizzou fans home very unhappy :)

    down 48-53 at 3:38, 51-56 at 2:00, 54-56 at :47, basket, steal, bucket , scrap at the end when Mizzou inbounded, Buzzer 58-56
     
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    Rainey with 5 3ptrs, 3 in the second half, 2 in the 4th q was a life saver, Mizzou covered Funda like aBlanket held her to 2 points
     
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    Gators Take Down Mizzou in Home Win 58-56
    from the preview
    Missouri enters the matchup winners of six-straight games and has played to the tune of a 14-3 record overall, which includes a 3-0 start to conference action. The Tigers, who are a perfect 5-0 on the road, are receiving votes in both the AP and Coaches Poll after being selected to finish fifth in the SEC Preseason Poll. Missouri has opened its SEC slate with home wins over Ole Miss and Arkansas while battling to a narrow 66-64 win at then No. 10 Tennessee on Jan. 6. The Tigers are paced by the upperclassmen duo of Sophie Cunningham and Amber Smith, who both average above 14 points per game.
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    UF's Email Recap:

    Gators Break Through for Win in Final Seconds

    Washington’s layup pushes women’s basketball to 58-56 victory over Missouri
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Delicia Washington's layup with 2.2 seconds remaining proved to be the game winner as the University of Florida women's basketball team erased 14-point deficit and earned a 58-56 win over Missouri Sunday afternoon at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

    Florida held a lead just twice in the game, once when it was 2-0 and again when Washington sliced through the lane and finished among several defenders to cap off an incredible Gator comeback. The Gators trailed 56-48 with 2:47 remaining, but scored 10-straight points to secure their first conference victory and snap a three-game skid.

    UF, who has won five of its last six games at the O'Connell Center, featured four in double figures paced by Danielle Rainey who erupted for a career-best 16 points while Washington finished with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Kiki Smith, adding a double-digit point total for the third straight game, notched 10 and Zada Williams registered 10 of her own off the Gator bench.

    Florida, who trailed by as many 12 in the fourth quarter, outscored Missouri 22-11 in the final period as it registered its highest fourth quarter point total since Dec. 2 vs. Texas Tech.

    After Missouri scored to make it 53-41 with 7:18 remaining in regulation, Florida had its backs up against the wall and the Tigers looked destined to leave Gainesville with their seventh-straight win. But Rainey, who drained five 3-pointers on the day, connected on a crucial one to bring the Gators back to within single digits and ignite what finished as a 17-3 run to close the game.

    Following Rainey's triple, Florida scored four-straight points as Washington and Williams took advantage of their trips to the line to continue to slice into the Missouri lead. UF trailed now just 53-48 but saw Missouri score three-straight to make it a three-possession game again after Cierra Porter split a pair at the charity stripe. Missouri led 56-48 with under three minutes to play.

    Freshman Ariel Johnson, who finished with only five points in the game, hit one of the biggest shots of the contest when she drilled a three-pointer to get the Gators back within two possessions and to spark what eventually was a 10-0 closing run.

    After knocking down one of two attempts at the line, Washington pulled the Gators to within four at 56-52 with 1:43 remaining. On the inbounds pass, the Gator press forced a turnover as Washington deflected the ball to Johnson who returned it right back to her teammate for an easy layup. Facing just a two-point deficit, Florida got the stop it needed on Missouri's next possession to have a chance to tie or take the lead with just over a minute remaining. As the shot clock began to tick down, Smith drove the lane and drew contact to earn a trip to the line. The sophomore calmly knocked them both down to tie the game at 56-56 with 47 seconds to play. Washington then picked the pocket of Missouri's Haley Troup on the next possession to give Florida a chance to win it with 26 seconds on the clock. With the ball at the top of the key, Washington and the Gators ran the clock down to its final seconds before the junior guard waded through the right side of the lane and laid it in off the glass to finish off Florida's improbable comeback bid.

    Florida's 14-point comeback was its largest of the season and it claimed a win after trailing at the half for the first time this season.

    Missouri made five of its last six shots in the second period to carry a 30-21 edge into the intermission. The Gators shrunk the Missouri lead to just 20-18 midway through the stanza, but then struggled to score, registering just one field goal in the final 4:40 of the first half. Missouri connected on 12 of its first 28 shots which included five first half three-pointers. Rainey led all Gators with seven points at the break as the TCU transfer scored seven-straight during a stretch to keep UF within striking distance.

    The Tigers began the second half on fire as they connected on three of their first four three-pointers to grow their lead to as large as 14. A three-pointer off the hands of Missouri's Jordan Roundtree gave it a 41-27 lead with 5:40 remaining in the third. After facing a double-digit deficit for most of the third quarter, Florida scored the frame's four final points to cut the lead to just 45-36 heading into the fourth.

    Defense and rebounding were key factors for Florida as it held Missouri 10 points under its season average and outrebounded the Tigers, 32-30. In addition, the Gators held Preseason All-SEC selection Sophie Cunningham to just four points on the evening and didn't allow any Missouri player to total more than nine points.'

    Roundtree and Amber Smith each scored nine to pace Missouri.

    Notables
    Danielle Rainey set a new career high with 16 points, her first game in double figures in her collegiate career. All of her field goals consisted of three-point shots and she joins Funda Nakkasoglu as the only Gator to record five or more three-point buckets in a game this season.
    Sunday marked the Gator's first conference win since February 18, 2018 when it defeated Vanderbilt 88-71.
    Sunday's win marks the first time in the series history that Florida has defeated Missouri. The Gators were previously 0-7 against the Tigers.
    For the 10th time this season, Florida held its opponent under their season average.
    Florida's 14-point comeback is its largest of the season.
    UF has won five of its last six home games.
    The Gators featured four double-digit point scorers for the first time since Dec. 5 vs. Bethune-Cookman.
    In all five Florida wins it has outrebounded its opponent.
    Five of the eight matchups between the Gators and Tigers have been decided by seven or fewer points.
    Florida's bench outscored Missouri 33-26. This marks the 11th time this season that the Gator bench has outscored the opponent's reserves.

    Quotables
    Head Coach Cam Newbauer
    Opening Statement
    "That was fun. This was an incredible atmosphere here at home. I want to thank our crowd because the energy they gave us late was tremendous. We had an incredible team effort today. We shot the ball really well today and did a good job adjusting when (Missouri) tried to take things away. We talked at halftime about where we could get better and I thought we did a tremendous job of focusing on that in the second half. From an offensive standpoint, we had different people stepping up at different times and playing a possession at a time as opposed to playing the scoreboard. When you look at the scoreboard and you play the scoreboard, it creates so much anxiety that you feel like you have to do something great right now. Our players have done a great job at sticking with the process lately and really locking in with each other, and I think that's what happened today. Overall, today was a great team effort, especially defensively and rebounding. I'm so thankful that we had an incredible crowd here to help us with this and for our kids to enjoy it at home."

    On bouncing back from a loss to South Carolina . . .
    "These young ladies haven't been affected by any game to a point where they haven't come back and practiced harder the next day. They have a desire to be better, they want this program to be better. They come in day in and day out and challenged each other and challenged where we were yesterday to take that next step. It's one thing to talk, it's another thing to act, and tonight, they acted in a great way."

    On the team's inexperience . . .
    When you look at this roster, you may think we are this experienced team because we have some juniors and seniors. But we don't have Division I experience. Our transfers didn't play a ton where they were, so they've become completely different players now. So, it's cool to see what they've become day in and day out and watching them fight through the bumps in the road. It's just the process, it's what we talk about, but they're living it and doing it. It doesn't mean next week is going to be any easier, but I do know this, I know we are going to fight our way for the next possession and be better than what we were before the last."


    On playing against Missouri's Sophie Cunningham. . .
    "What's even more impressive about Sophie is that even though she didn't get a lot of looks in the first half, she had seven assists. She does such a good job of affecting the game in so many ways. We made some adjustments at halftime to try to affect her even more and she only had one assist in the second half."

    On Kiki Smith's performance . . .
    "Kiki's done a really good job spending time in the gym and fine-tuning her shot, which is why she's been shooting so well from three. She's also done a good job of attacking at the right spot and kicking it. She had 10 points and two assists. So, it's just her overall feel of the game."

    Junior Guard Delicia Washington #00
    On what was going through her head on that play when she gave the Gators the lead...
    "My coaches and my teammates believed in me. Anybody could have been in that spot. I believe that any one of my teammates being able to finish that layup with that many seconds on the clock. So I guess it was just my turn to step up and be able to get to the rim and be able to put that score on that board."


    On how it feels to have the program's first ever win over Missouri...
    "I didn't know that that was our first one, but to be able to play with these young ladies beside me and have this coaching staff along my side is a great experience. And I wouldn't want to be able to experience this feeling with any other teammates or any other coaching staff. So being able to have them on my side and them believing in me and us being able to get through this win against Missouri for the first time, it's a really good feeling."


    On how it feels seeing how all the newcomers on the team performed today...
    "When they first got here, I've seen all the hard work and all the effort and the dedication that they were buying in to be here at the University of Florida. And being able to be one of those leaders—to show them the experience of playing in the SEC because we basically have a new roster. And just being able to step up and help them know what it feels like and what it takes to be in this league. Just helping them out through the thick and thin."


    Redshirt-Sophomore Guard Danielle Rainey #10
    On how she felt about her career-high 16 points tonight...

    "Like Cam said, I'm very inexperienced and everything. The main thing that my coaches and my teammates have been telling me is to be comfortable and to be confident—that's the main thing I've been working on in practice. So without them telling me that, my head would've still been spinning. My teammates set a lot of good screens, made a lot of extra passes, so without those little things, I wouldn't have had that. I'm just grateful for that opportunity that they created for me."
    On what the team heard as the message in the locker room during halftime.
    "Mainly, we heard that nothing else matters but continuing to focus on what we can control. It doesn't matter what happened before or what can happen next, we can focus on what we can do now and then we can focus on what's happening next."


    Redshirt-Junior Forward Zada Williams #12
    On how closing out a game like this can help the team the rest of the way in conference play
    "It definitely sets another tone of confidence. There have been some tough losses in the conference, but getting a win over Missouri and just playing hard and fighting 'till the very end, I think it's going to help propel us for the games in the future."
    On what the team heard as the message in the locker room during halftime.
    "Just trying to fine tune the little things that are getting us down like not having our hands up on defense which let them make easy passes to people. So just making the little adjustments because they were minor. But then also celebrating the good things we were doing because being down at the half isn't a great feeling. But if you can celebrate the little things you are doing to just stay in the game, it will help you to push forward to the next half.
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    Great win! 10-0 run to end the game!
     
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    And that's how you win. If they take away your top gunner, someone else needs to fill it up.
     
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    Game Recap: Women's Basketball | 1/13/2019 7:56:00 PM
    @MizzouWBB Falls on the Road at Florida
    Cunningham matches season-high with eight assists
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mizzou Women's Basketball dropped its first conference game of the season Sunday, as the Tigers fell to Florida, 56-54, at Exactech Arena. The Gators closed the game on a 17-3 run, and outscored the Tigers, 22-11 in the fourth quarter to secure the victory.

    Mizzou shared the ball well in the game, as the Tigers assisted on 73.9 percent of its made field goals (17-of-23) in the game, its second-highest percentage of the season behind 89.5 percent (17-of-19) against Duke (Nov. 25). Senior guard Sophie Cunningham (Columbia, Mo.) led Mizzou in assists in the game with eight, which match a season-high (St. Louis, Dec. 9) and was one off from a career-high.

    TURNING POINT
    Florida outscored Mizzou 22-11 in the fourth quarter to capture the win. The Gators ended the game on a 17-3 run, and retook the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a layup from Delicia Washington with 2.2 seconds remaining. Mizzou had a chance to respond on its side of the floor, but was unable to get a shot up as the Gators escaped with the win.
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    Mizzou women shocked in 58-56 loss at Florida
    A turbulent year for the Missouri women’s basketball team took another steep dip Sunday afternoon with a shocking 58-56 Southeastern Conference loss to Florida at Exactech Arena in Gainesville.
    Daniel Jones dmjones@columbiatribune.com
    The Gators (5-12, 1-3) scored the game’s final 10 points and ended the contest on a 17-3 run. Delicia Washington hit the game-winning layup through traffic with 2.2 seconds left. The Tigers (14-4, 3-1) did not get a shot up on their final possession.

    “Yeah, it’s a tough one,” Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said after the game on KTGR radio. “Florida’s got some players. Their record is deceiving. They’ve been in games. They’ve been right there. I just thought they played with a greater sense of urgency down the stretch than we did, and ultimately that falls on me.”

    Missouri led for 34 minutes out of a potential 40 in regulation and held a 12-point lead with 7:18 remaining. But the team riding a six-game win streak couldn’t hold off the team on a six-game losing streak with just one win over a major conference squad this year.

    The Tigers made just one more field goal the rest of the way but committed four turnovers. They also failed to defend without fouling. Florida hit seven free throws in the final 5½ minutes, and the Gators added two 3-pointers in that stretch to trim down what looked like an insurmountable Missouri lead.
    “We weren’t nearly aggressive enough going to the paint,” Pingeton said. “I felt like we missed some open looks. I thought we took some contested shots where, man, if we would have made that extra pass, we would have had a wide-open look. We’ve been doing so well on that.”
    The Tigers advanced the ball with a timeout but turned it over before putting up a shot. Washington, who was credited with the steal, dribbled across half court and bled the clock from the top of the key. With Amber Smith guarding one-on-one, Washington drove to the basket and finished a difficult right-handed layup to take the lead.

    Mizzou women shocked in 58-56 loss at Florida
     
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    Biggest win of the Cam era. Easily
     
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    Missouri is a fine squad, for sure. I like their “system”. They aren’t big down low, (which may have been a key for us), but they fed the post and would either attack or pass to an open player on the perimeter. Who would invariably knock down the shot. Good inside-out game.

    A lot of trips they made it look easy.

    We just played with tremendous effort down the stretch. It was nice to see the other squad make some critical mistakes instead of the gators. And we kept making the plays. Some fantastic plays, too!
     
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    “Mizzou had a chance to respond on its side of the floor, but was unable to get a shot up as the Gators escaped with the win.”

    Classic. Hey, idiot, Mizzou was unable to get a shot up because we smothered your attempt at an in-bound. Best in-bound defense I’ve ever seen. Sheesh. :rolleyes:
     
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