Gators Close Home Nonconference Slate on Sunday

UNC Greensboro (5-6, 0-0 SoCon) vs. Florida (10-1, 0-0 SEC)
Game Information: Dec. 18 | 2 p.m. ET 
Live Stream: 
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Radio: 98.1FM/850AM WRUF
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Game Notes: Media Center
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida women’s basketball will close out the home portion of their nonconference schedule on Sunday, Dec. 18, when they welcome UNC Greensboro to Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
The game is slated to tip at 2 p.m. ET with Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis on the call on SEC Network+. Tom Collett and Kelly Davis will handle radio responsibilities on 98.1FM/850AM WRUF.
The Gators and Spartans meet for the first time on Sunday. UF holds a 14-6 advantage all-time against SOCON opponents.
Sunday’s game will feature Sundae Sunday, with the first 200 fans in attendance receiving free ice cream. The game against UNC Greensboro will also be themed ‘Celebrate the Holidays with the Gators,’ with the first 500 fans receiving a holiday sweater t-shirt, free candy for kids in attendance and a holiday sing-along halftime competition. Postgame layups sponsored by Meldon Law will take place after the game.
The Gators claimed their most impressive win of the season with a 76-73 overtime win at Miami. The Hurricanes led by six points entering the final quarter, but Nina Rickards scored 13 fourth-quarter points to help force overtime, where the Gators ended 9-of-10 at the charity stripe to seal the victory. Nina Rickards led the way with 23 points while KK Deans added 21 as well.
Dating back to the 2019-20 season, Florida is in the midst of a 21-game home winning streak during nonconference competition, tied for the longest streak in program history. The last home loss for the Gators in the nonconference came on Nov. 26, 2019, when Florida State won in Gainesville, 66-55.
The 2022-23 schedule was unique for the Gators in that it featured matchups with four schools in the state of Florida. UF met Florida A&M (Nov. 7), Florida State (Nov. 16), Bethune-Cookman (Nov. 18) and Miami (Dec. 11) this year, marking the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Gators have played four in-state schools. After claiming victory over Miami, the Gators won three games over in-state opponents (FAMU, BCU, Miami) for the first time since 2014-15 when they defeated Jacksonville, Stetson and North Florida. Florida’s win over Miami also marked the Gators’ first win at an ACC school since defeating NC State, 66-61, on Dec. 7, 2008.
The Gators, who boast a 10-1 mark through 11 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 Miami, Florida is now on an eight-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 798 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.
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 150 points on the season with the Gators, pushing her career total to 938. 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.
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 19-0 mark under Finely when holding opponents to 60 points or less.