A new season means a new opportunity for an SEC title run, especially after an SEC Coaches poll puts the Gators at No. 3 before their Monday matchup.
Florida’s viral injury bug has opened the door for many players anchored to the end of the bench to establish a role within the team, quickly transforming a squad with glaring personnel deficiencies into one of the deepest in the SEC.
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.
In a meet 330 days in the making, Florida walked away from the Carolina Challenge T-third place with four victories.
Payne’s dominance belied the key to Florida’s success against the Bulldogs, scoring 52 points in the paint en route to a 92-84 victory Saturday night.
Skaggs snatched the all-around meet title, carrying Florida to another top-10 victory.
Florida will only play two games against the Seminoles this season after the Jacksonville contest set for March 30 was canceled Thursday.