Smith’s and the Gators’ post-season tournament hopes died in a 77-57 Saturday night game against the Villanova Wildcats (16-6).
Florida had two options: win or go home. And Smith wanted a win.
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.
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.
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.
In a scorecard littered with zeros, Briggs and Smith proved to be outliers for Florida, scoring 23 points each. The duo made slightly more than 70% of the Gators’ points Sunday.
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.
Mona Samsam, 22, a UF chemical engineering senior, and president of Islam on Campus, reminds attendees to vote in the upcoming November election, during political activist Linda Sarsour’s speaking event at the Touchdown Terrace on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Zachary Raad (center), 20, a UF chemistry and Chinese language senior, is one of about 35 UF students seen attending Linda Soursour’s speaking event for Islam Appreciation Month at the Touchdown Terrace on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Ikrom Alajoulin, 21, UF sociology and criminology senior, and the chairperson of Islam Appreciation Month, gives an introduction speech at political activist Linda Sarsour’s speaking event, held at the Touchdown Terrace on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Khadija Nefzi, 20, a UF biology junior, records part of political activist Linda Sarsour’s calls for change during her speaking event held at the Touchdown Terrace on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.
Linda Sarsour, a political activist known for her role as co-chair of the 2017 Women’s March, speaks to UF students Tuesday night, Oct. 27, 2020, about the intersection between resistance and Islam at the Touchdown Terrace.