Gainesville, FL - The University of Florida women’s basketball
team plays its first of two consecutive Southeastern Conference road
games, traveling to The Plains to battle Auburn on Thu., January 6 in
the brand new Auburn Arena, where tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (6
p.m. CT). The radio broadcast of the game can be heard live in
Gainesville on WBXY-FM 99.5 The Star and through the internet at
www.GatorZone.com, the official website of the Florida Gators.
Thursday’s contest will be the inaugural SEC game played in the new
venue, where the Tigers compiled a 4-3 record during their
Florida (11-4, 1-0 SEC) earned its first win against a
nationally-ranked opponent and handed No. 22/24 Arkansas its first loss
of the year in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams that
the Gators claimed 64-53.
Auburn (8-6, 1-0 SEC) also won its league opener by 11 points, taking
down instate rival Alabama, 66-55, in Tuscaloosa.
“We are excited about the challenge of playing on the road and the
challenge of getting our first true road win,” UF head coach Amanda
Butler said. “Our attention to detail, our preparation in practice has
got to be present before we get to Auburn.”
Florida is 0-4 when playing on an opponent’s home turf this season,
losing those games by a total of 24 points: 74-73 at DePaul, 56-50 at
Brown, 69-54 at Hampton and 72-74 at No. 25/23 Florida State.
The Tigers hold a 31-15 lead in the all-time series, including a 13-4
record in games played in Auburn, where Florida’s last win against
Auburn was a 71-60 victory on Feb. 29, 2004. The Tigers have won five of
the last seven games in the series, including last year’s 74-61
decision in the first round of the SEC Tournament, after the Gators won
the 71-68 double-overtime thriller in Gainesville in the regular-season
Florida is averaging a respectable 68.0 points per game, with only
Jordan Jones recording a double-figure scoring average. Nine different
Gators contribute at least 5.0 points per game, with 10 of the 12
reptiles averaging at least 12 minutes of playing time per contest.
Azania Stewart is Florida’s leading rebounder with 7.0 per game and
is second on the club with a 52.5 percent field goal mark. Her 25
blocked shots are second behind Jennifer George’s 26 swats.
Lanita Bartley is dishing 3.6 assists and 2.0 steals, while finding her
way to the free throw a team-best 52 times.
Senior guard Alli Smalley leads the Tigers’ balanced offensive spread
with 12.6 points per game, hitting 36.9 percent (24-65) from the
three-point arc, as well as 72.2 percent (26-36) from the free throw
Auburn sophomore forward Blanche Alverson also averages a double-figure
scoring mark with 10.8 points per game, hitting 23 three-pointers.
Senior forward Jordan Greenleaf, who led the Tigers against Alabama with
19 points and nine rebounds, averages 8.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per
game and has found her way to the three throw line a team-best 45 times,
making 71.1 percent of her attempts.
“Auburn is playing very confidently right now, coming off a big road
win against their rival Alabama,” Butler said. “They have a great
individual ball player in Alli Smalley. She presents a lot of different
challenges. Auburn is very similar to us in that they don’t score 90
points to beat you, but beat you in other ways. They do a great job of
taking care of the basketball. They get great senior leadership out of
Smalley and Jordan Greenleaf, who is coming off a fantastic performance
In the last two games - both against ranked teams - UF junior newcomer
Deana Allen has found her offensive stride, posting a team-best 11.0
points and hitting 10-of-17 shots (58.8%) from the floor. Allen led the
Gators with 12 points in their upset victory against No. 22/24 Arkansas
Sophomore Jennifer George returned from the short break with renewed
energy and is contributing 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, hitting 72.7
percent of her shots during the last two games for the Gators.
Game Day Information
Florida Gators (11-4, 1-0 SEC) at the Auburn Tigers (8-6, 1-0 SEC)
Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7 pm ET (6 pm CT)
Auburn Arena (9,121) - Auburn, Ala.