Sunday SEC Matchup with Kentucky On Deck for Gators

Florida women’s basketball will remain at home with another Southeastern Conference matchup this Sunday, Jan. 15, when Kentucky heads to Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for a 3 p.m. ET tip.
The game will air live on SEC Network with Brenda VanLengen and Holly Warlick on the call, while Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will handle radio responsibilities on 98.1FM/850AM WRUF.
Sunday’s game will feature Sundae Sunday, with the first 200 fans in attendance receiving free ice cream. Postgame layups sponsored by Meldon Law will take place after the game, and, for the rest of SEC play, all fans 18 and younger can attend for free. Fans who attend Friday’s gymnastics meet or Saturday’s men’s basketball game will also be able to attend Sunday’s game for free.
The Gators and Wildcats meet for the 62nd time on Sunday, with Kentucky holding a 34-27 advantage. Last season Florida dominated their matchup, winning in Lexington, 77-52. The Gators haven’t defeat UK at home since Jan. 31, 2016.
Last season, Florida was dominant in their lone game with the Wildcats, defeating #23/22 Kentucky on the road, 77-52. Kiara Smith led the Gators with 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists as Florida picked-up their first four-game winning streak in the SEC for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Defensively, the Orange & Blue held Kentucky to 18-of-66 shooting (27.3%) and 4-of-18 (22.2%) from deep.
KK Deans and Alberte Rimdal have combined for 67 triples this season, the third-most by a duo in the SEC currently, trailing only Marnelle Barraud and Ryanne Allen of Vanderbilt (70) and Chrissy Carr and Samara Spencer of Arkansas (77). KK is closing in on the top-15 for triples made in a single season, needing 15 more to break into the record book. Rimdal is also looking at one of the best seasons for a sophomore, needing 49 total threes to mark the fifth-best output by a sophomore.
Florida women’s basketball is elite when it comes to getting to the free throw line, knocking down 16.18 per game which is second in the SEC and 14th in the nation. They average 22.71 attempts per game, sitting at third in the conference and 18th nationally.
After falling to Georgia on on Jan. 8, Florida moved to 83rdin the NET rankings, but currently sit at 81st. All 14 SEC schools sit within the top 138, while South Carolina and LSU sit at first and third, respectively.
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 21-0 mark under Finely when holding opponents to 60 points or less.