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.
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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.
Florida bounced back at the O’Connell Center Sunday afternoon, beating Auburn 68-54.
Despite two threes from Briggs in the last seconds, any semblance of a Florida win faded as the clock ticked to zero.
The Gators will seek their first win of the new year as they head to Fayetteville to face No. 17 Arkansas.