Providence, RI - Florida returns to the road and travels 1,036 miles
back north to compete at the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic, Dec. 3-5,
hosted by Brown University. The Gators will play a pair of teams from
the state of Rhode Island in the pre-determined two-game event, first
battling Providence College on Saturday at 4 p.m., before facing host
Brown on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Florida (6-1) spent the Thanksgiving weekend in Maine, where the team
traveled 2,574 miles round trip to compete in and win the Dead River
Company Classic hosted by the University of Maine, Nov. 26-27.
This weekend’s event is a three-team tournament that actually gets
underway on Friday, with Providence (5-4) playing Brown and winning
During UF’s modest four-game win streak, a different player has been the
team’s leading scorer in each, with three players tied with 10 points in
the win against South Alabama. Kayla Lewis scored a career and team-high
13 points in the victory against Old Dominion, while Jaterra Bonds’ 11
points led the Gators against Navy, Jennifer George’s 13 points was tops
against North Florida, while Lewis, Azania Stewart and Jordan Jones
shared team honors against South Alabama.
Jones leads the Gators’ offense overall with a 10.0 points per game
average, while Stewart contributing 9.7 points with a team-leading 9.3
It’s been a true team effort during this four-game winning streak, as
Florida has held its opponents to 50.0 points per game and limited foes
to shooting 32.7 percent from the floor, 27.9 percent from the 3-point
arc (17-61) and forced 18.5 turnovers. Old Dominion’s 55 points are the
most the Gators have surrendered during that span.
Saturday’s game against Providence will be the third time Florida has
played a game in the state of Rhode Island. The Gator’s last trip to the
Ocean State was Dec. 2, 1984, when Florida defeated Rhode Island, one
day after downing Brown.
Florida won the other meeting in the series against Providence, taking
the 88-56 decision back on Jan. 25, 2001 in Gainesville.
The Friars jumped out to a 3-1 record before losing three tough games,
the last two at the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas during Thanksgiving,
first falling 63-56 to Arizona State, before an 82-80 triple-overtime
setback to Alabama. Providence evened its overall record on Wed., Dec.
1, when the club downed Yale 74-62. Junior Miranda Tate tallied 18
points in the victory, as did Symone Roberts, who leads the team with
15.4 points per game. Teya Wright leads a talented rebounding core, as
she hauls in 9.1 per game, while the Friars collect 49.1 overall and
hold a +9.3 rebounding margin against their opponents.
Providence also is very effective in finding its way to the free throw
line, where the team averages 12.5 attempts per game, with Roberts
already taking 36 trys through eight games.