Florida Meets No. 23/18 Oklahoma at Jumpman Invitational

No. 23/18 Oklahoma (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. RV Florida (11-1, 0-0 SEC)
Game Information: Dec. 21 | 9:30 p.m. ET 
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Radio: 98.1FM/850AM WRUF
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Game Notes: Media Center
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In the opening year of the Jumpman Invitational, Florida women’s basketball is slated to meet No. 23 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 9:30 p.m. ET in the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.
The game will air live on ESPN2 with Eric Frede and Debbie Antonelli on the call, while Angel Gray will handle sideline responsibilities. Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will represent the Gators on the radio, where the game will be live on 98.1FM/850AM WRUF.
The Gators and Sooners meet for the second time in program history on Wednesday. UF holds a 1-0 advantage after an 80-61 victory on Dec. 3, 2017, in Norman, Okla.
The Jumpman Invitational, announced in July 2021, will feature both men’s and women’s schools from the original four Jordan Brand schools: North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma. The games will be played at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, home of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, who are owned by six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. The Gators’ men’s and women’s basketball squads will each meet Oklahoma in the inaugural year of the event, with the women squaring off at 9:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 21.
The Sooners, who enter Wednesday’s matchup ranked No. 23 in the AP poll, hold a 9-1 mark on the season, including a 1-0 mark against SEC competition after a 69-59 victory over Ole Miss on Dec. 4. Oklahoma boasts a strong offense, currently sitting at sixth in the nation while averaging 86.8 points per game, led by Madi Williams’ 15.9 points per game.
The Gators claimed their 22nd-consecutive home nonconference victory in a 79-55 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday. Ra Shaya Kyle and Nina Rickards both ended with their fourth-career double-doubles, while Alberte Rimdal matched a career-high of 19 points to lead the Gators.
The first quarter against UNC Greensboro marked the second-best defensive quarter in Florida history, holding UNCG to just one point. It also marked the second time in school history UF didn’t allow a field goal in a quarter (0-of-17). The best quarter came on Nov. 25, 2015, when Savannah State didn’t score in the second period and ended 0-of-14 from the field.
The Gators, who boast an 11-1 mark through 12 games, are currently in the midst of their best start to a season since the 2015-16 campaign when they opened 12-1. The best start to a season in program history came during the 2008-09 campaign when they began 15-1.
With their victory over UNC Greensboro, Florida is now on a nine-game winning streak, the longest since the 2015-16 campaign when the Gators won 12-straight from Nov. 16-Dec. 30, 2015.
Florida women’s basketball is closing in on their 800th victory as a program, currently holding 799 during their 49-year history. When the Gators accomplish the feat, they will be the 13th SEC to cross the 800-win threshold, with Mississippi State also chasing the accomplishment, owning 775 victories as a program entering the 2022-23 season.
Under the leadership of Kelly Rae Finley, Florida’s defense will always be a point of emphasis. Helping to prove that point, the Gators own a perfect 20-0 mark under Finely when holding opponents to 60 points or less.
Florida senior guard, KK Deans, is closing in on her 1,000th career point. The West Virginia transfer recorded 788 points with the Mountaineers and currently holds 160 points on the season with the Gators, pushing her career total to 948. She would be the second 1,000-point scorer on the roster, as Leilani Correa scored 1,272 points in her three seasons at St. John’s.