Gators Place Three on First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

University of Florida women’s basketball student-athletes Floor ToondersEmily Sullivan and Cydnee Kinslow were recognized by the Southeastern Conference as First-Year Academic Honor Roll selections as the league announced its 2020-21 list Tuesday morning.
 
In her first season of collegiate competition Toonders achieved academic success while beginning her course work towards a Biology degree. The Netherlands native finished the year with a 3.43 GPA. Kinslow and Sullivan, both graduate transfers, posted identical 3.33 GPA’s in their Mass Communication studies.  
 
Tuesday’s announcement brings UF’s total of student-athletes named to a 2020-21 SEC Academic Honor Roll to a program-record 378, which is 70 percent of UF’s student-athletes. Florida placed 301 on SEC Academic Honor Rolls (107 on fall list; 62 winter, 132 on spring) and 77 on the First-Year Honor Roll.
 
The 6-foot-4 forward, Toonders, made major strides on the hardwood in her debut campaign and started six games including UF’s two matchups in the WNIT. Toonders posted a season-best 16 points against Georgia, connecting on seven of her eight shots.
 
Sullivan appeared in 16 contests in the 2020-21 season and blocked a season-best three shots against Georgia. Kinslow, who also saw time in 16 games, provided crucial minutes in the Gators’ victory over Charlotte in the WNIT.
 
To be recognized for the SEC Academic Honor Roll, each student-athlete must meet the following criteria: 1) have a GPA of 3.00 for either the preceding academic year or have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above at the nominating institution; 2) be on scholarship, a letterwinner or have participated on a varsity team for two years if non-scholarship; 3) have completed 24 semester hours of non-remedial credit at the nominating institution; and 4) have been a member of the varsity team for the sport’s entire NCAA Championship segment.
 
Momentum continues to mount for the women’s basketball program as the 2021-22 draws nearer and nearer. The Gators’ 2021-22 roster is one of the program’s deepest and most experienced in several seasons as Florida welcomes back 87 percent of its scoring, 89 percent of its rebounding, 89 percent of its assists and 85 percent of its minutes played from a year ago. The team features five players who started 18 or more games in the 2020-21 season and eight of UF’s top nine scorers return. Florida accounts for two of the top three returning scorers in the entire Southeastern Conference as Kiki Smith (18.8 points per game) and Lavender Briggs (19.5 points per game) are both back in the Orange and Blue. For the first time in program history, the Gators tout three 5-star signees on their roster with Briggs, Jordyn Merritt and newcomer Zipporah Broughton. Broughton, who spent her first three seasons competing at Rutgers before announcing her transfer to UF in April, was tabbed the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year in 2018. Fellow newcomer, freshman guard Jeriah Warren, was named the 2021 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year last month.
 
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