Smith’s and the Gators’ post-season tournament hopes died in a 77-57 Saturday night game against the Villanova Wildcats (16-6).
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The Gators eyed a potential comeback but Staiti’s dagger pushed the Bulldogs’ lead to 13 stifled any of the Gators’ attempts to rally from behind.
Mizzou started off strong with a three within the first 30 seconds of the game — a bad omen of the 40 minutes to come for Florida.
With just two season games remaining, Florida will travel to Columbia to face Missouri Sunday in a rematch of last month’s narrow home loss.
Star UF guard Kiara Smith’s career-high 27-point performance Thursday night wasn't enough as the Gators lost their ninth SEC game to Alabama.
The Gators must get more offensive production from players beyond Briggs and Smith. And with Briggs out of the picture, there’s no way around it.
After relying heavily on the production of star guards Lavender Briggs and Kiara Smith in recent games, Florida’s depth provided the necessary support to lift the Gators to an OT win over LSU
Florida shouldn’t expect a W in Baton Rouge if it repeats the same mistakes it has made the entire season — especially overreliance on Briggs and Smith.
Following an arm injury, Smith, who made 25 points in her 35 minutes of gameplay, was on the bench, and the Gators knew they had to go on without Sunday’s key player.
Ole Miss boasts a 6-2 home record, while Florida owns a 1-4 road record.
Briggs becomes the first UF women’s basketball player to win SEC Player of the Week since 2018.