Gators fall 65-45 to KentuckyBy Graham Marsh | Jan. 12, 2020
Freshman guard Nina Rickards has struggled to find the bottom of the net since coach Cam Newbauer inserted her into the starting lineup in mid-December.
The performance of Florida’s women’s basketball team midway through the season has gradually turned some heads.
Despite trailing by seven two times in the first half, Florida’s women’s basketball team found itself up 40-34 at halftime against Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Florida guard Lavender Briggs had the look.
The charity stripe has not been kind to the Florida women’s basketball team throughout the first half of the regular season.
When Florida’s women’s basketball team faced Wake Forest in the second round of the West Palm Beach Invitational, its top-four scorers: guards Lavender Briggs, Kiara Smith and Kristina Moore as well as forward Zada Williams got plenty of buckets. And they scored at an efficient pace -- all four combined to shoot 57 percent from the field.
Florida’s women’s basketball team secured just eight wins in the 2018-19 campaign, with its final one coming in the 30th game of the season.
Florida’s women’s basketball team had a much-needed rest after splitting a two-game road trip.
Things were looking grim for Florida’s women’s basketball team heading into the fourth quarter on Thursday night.
Florida guard Ariel Johnson was in transition. Florida A&M’s defense wasn’t all the way back down the court yet. But Florida forward Zada Williams was.
Down 12-4, Florida point guard Kiara Smith flew past traffic down the right side of the court. Just to the right of the paint, she pulled up over a Florida State defender with her left hand.
Florida’s women’s basketball team was undefeated heading into Friday’s battle against No. 18 Indiana. Up to that point, the Gators had defeated four unranked opponents by an average margin of victory of 18.5 points per game.
Florida’s women’s basketball team has relied heavily on its backcourt tandem of point guard Kiara Smith and shooting guard Lavender Briggs.
Seven games, zero losses.
Florida guard Kiara Smith had a forgettable start to Monday’s game against Presbyterian despite playing every second of the opening half.
Florida forward Zada Williams caught the ball in the paint. She took one dribble to her right and then went up for a layup as she got pushed in mid-air to draw a foul.
More than 1,000 elementary school kids come to the O’Connell Center once a year to watch Florida Women’s basketball on field trip day. And this year, they’ll watch an undefeated Gators team for the first time since the 2016-17 season, when Florida began 4-0.
Florida guard Ariel Johnson baited Samford’s Charity Brown. The Bulldogs point guard thought she had an easy chest pass to fellow guard Sarah Myers. But she was wrong.
For the first time since 2016, Florida women’s basketball has won its first two games of the season.