FAMU Women Upset Gators

Florida, which trailed by 12 points, 72-60, with 48.2 seconds remaining
in the game, scored the last 11 points in the contest, including a
3-pointer by Jordan Jones (Suwanee, Ga.) with 1.5 ticks left on the
clock. On the ensuing possession, Florida A&M threw a baseball pass the length of the court that was corralled by Tameka McKelton at the other end of the court as time expired.

“It was a great win by FAMU,” Florida head coach Amanda Butler
said. “They gave great effort and showed a lot of intensity. I was
really impressed with how ready Coach [LeDawn] Gibson had her team to play us. They played a fantastic ballgame.”

Florida A&M opened the second half on a 15-2 run to take a 48-39
advantage with 14:50 remaining in the game. A 3-pointer by Susan Yenser
(Marietta, Ga.) at the 14:32 mark ended the Gators’ scoring drought
that plagued them early in the final period. The Rattlers kept adding to
their advantage to take a 10-point, 52-42, lead after a 3-pointer by
Christian Rateree with 13:14 remaining.

A pair of free-throws by Stewart and a Jones 3-pointer from the top of
the key brought Florida back into the game down 52-47 at the 12:10 mark.
With the Gators trailing 54-47, back-to-back baskets by Jennifer George
(Orlando, Fla.) and Jones brought UF to within three, 54-51, with 9:48
left. The Rattlers pushed their lead out to nine points, 64-55, with
4:12 remaining following three consecutive baskets to set up Florida’s
late-game rally.

“I’m very excited,” Florida A&M head coach LeDawn Gibson said.
“This was a big win for our program and I just love how hard our
young ladies played tonight. I feel like our guards are some of the top
guards in the country. I think we can run with anybody when they’re
playing at the top of their games.”

Florida A&M (4-2) was led by Tameka McKelton’s 27 points, as she hit
12-of-16 from the floor. Antonia Bennett also added 21 points, while
Qiana Donald collected 10 rebounds.

FLORIDA A&M HEAD COACH LEDAWN GIBSON

“I’m very excited. This is a big win for our program. I just love
how hard our young ladies played tonight. It means a lot as a mid-major
to step up and beat a big-time Division I school. It was just our goal
coming into Gainesville last night. We talked about it – we wanted to
be able to get a few upsets before our [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference]
season started.”

On the play of her guards …
“I feel like our guards are some of the top guards in the country. I
feel like we can run with anybody when they’re playing at the top of
their games.”

On Florida A&M’s defense …
“Coach Butler has a team full of shooters. They’re a great team and
they’re young like us. We felt like if we could corral the ball and do
what we need to do, we’d be okay.”

On her thoughts after her team got down 12-0 to begin the game …
“I told them just to relax and play their game. We needed to run our
offense, play our game and we knew eventually our shots would start
falling. I think we started the game a little nervous, coming out on a
big stage, but once we hit that first shot, we settled down and played
our game.”



 
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