Four Gators in Double-Figures as UF Falls at Kentucky

Four Gators netted a double-figure scoring effort paced by freshman Delicia Washington’s 14 points but it wasn’t enough as Florida dropped a 67-48 decision to Kentucky at Memorial Coliseum on Sunday afternoon in front of crowd of 6,604.

Kentucky used a handful of mini runs and Florida was able to counter most of them and get back within two points. The Gators has just finished whittling a 10-point deficit down to two, 31-29, early in the second half.

That’s when the Wildcats used a 15-4 run and took a 47-33 lead with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter.

The teams traded buckets for the next several minutes into the fourth quarter and Florida wouldn’t counter, as the Wildcats led by as many as 22 in the final frame in route to their fourth straight win.

In what has usually been a back and forth affair between the two teams, there were only two tied scores in Sunday’s game and Florida never managed to take a lead. The previous six meetings between Florida and Kentucky featured a combined 48 lead changes and 35 tied scores

Updated Records

  • Florida: 13-13, 4-10 SEC
  • Kentucky: 19-8, 10-4 SEC

Double-Digit Gators

  • Freshman Delicia Washington: 14 points; 16th double-figure scoring game
  • Senior Ronni Williams: 12 points; 23rd double-figure scoring game this year and 73rd of career
  • Freshman Sydney Morang: 10 points; third double-figure scoring game – all have come in SEC games
  • Senior Tyshara Fleming: 10 points, team-high eight rebounds; 10th double-figure scoring game this year, 14th of career

Top Scoring Wildcat

  • Evelyn Akhator led three Wildcats in double-figure scoring with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Numbers of Note

  • Ronni Williams, who has 1,398 career points, moved into a tied for 14th place on UF’s all-time scoring chart with Rhvonja Smith (1987-91)
  • Dyandria Anderson topped the career 400-point mark
  • Kentucky scored 24 points off of 23 Gator turnovers
  • Kentucky held the 30-28 rebounding advantage, with the Wildcats converting 13 offensive rebounds into 25 points, while Florida managed just five points off of 11 offensive boards.
  • This was Florida’s 19th road game of the season.

Florida vs. Kentucky: The Updated Series

  • 54-Game Series: UF trails 25-29 (UF Home: 13-9; Away: 9-15; Neutral: 3-5)
  • Trend: Ten of the last 12 games have been decided by 10 points or less

Two and Counting

  • Florida has just two regular-season games remaining before the SEC Tournament.
  • Florida’s remaining schedule includes one home game (Georgia on Feb. 28) and one on the road (Tennessee on Feb. 23).

Gripping Gators

  • Over the previous three-plus seasons, the team has played a combined 57 games decided by 10 points or less, with a 30-27 record.
  • In 2016-17, the Gators are 4-8 in games decided 10 points or less (3-6 SEC).

Quick Summary

  • This was Florida’s 19th road game of the season.
  • The Gators have just two games remaining before the SEC Tournament.

What’s Next for the Gators

  • Who: Florida at Tennessee (16-10, 7-6 SEC) – UT hosted Arkansas at a later start
  • Where: Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) * Knoxville, Tenn.
  • When: Thu., February 23 * 7 pm ET

Gator Pronunciations for this Release:

  • TYSHARA Fleming: tie-SHEER-uh
  • Sydney MORANG: mur-RANG (like meringue pie)
  • DELICIA Washington: duh-LEE-shuh

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