The Lady Gators had a 21-point win on Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. The SEC winless Lady Tide battled strong in the first half, as they led the Gators by four with about 7:45 to go. But the Gators then went on a 22-5 run to take a 13-point lead into halftime.
The Tide came out strong in the second half and scored the first eight points. Then the Lady Gators took over and went on a run of their own, and with 5:23 to go, they were up by 27. Twenty-eight points was their biggest lead in the game.
Sha Brooks led all scorers with 29 points on 11-20 shooting. She continues to be the leader on the team and was outstanding from behind the arc, going 6-9. Steffi Sorensen poured in 14 points, and Marshae Dotson contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Aneika Henry, who I continue to be impressed with, added 11 points but also had a career-high five blocks. Her game has really improved this year. Henry came away with a couple of milestones in this one, as she blocked her 100th career shot and made this her 12th consecutive game with a blocked shot.
The Lady Gators as a team shot 64 percent from three-point land; it's hard to beat a team that's on fire like that.
There was also tremendous contribution from the bench. The Gators bench outscored the Tide bench 32-5.
“To be able to get a win on someone else’s floor and score as many points as we did on the road is a great thing,” UF head coach Amanda Butler said. “We had great offensive balance tonight, and it was a great team win. There was a lot of very physical play in the ball game, and I liked the way we handled it and played through it. It was a good test for us.”
Now the Gators can turn their attention to Sunday and the matchup with the Vols. Pat Summitt and team, coming off of win 1,000, will visit the Gators and feature a 11th versus 12th battle. Good luck ladies; let's show them what Gator Basketball is in 2009.