NCAA Women

Gators Win Thriller Over Wofford in WNIT First Round

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. โ€“ Florida women’s basketball was able to hold-on for a thrilling 66-63 victory over Southern Conference regular season champion, Wofford, in the opening round of the Women’s NIT on Thursday evening.
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The Gators (17-14) were led by a season-high effort of 24 points from Leilani Correa, in addition to three steals. Nina Rickards, who score her 1,000th-point against the Terriers (22-10), ended her evening with 18 points, three rebounds and three steals, while KK Deans tallied 15 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals.
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Florida shot 25-of-53 (47.2%) from the field and 5-of-23 (21.7%) from deep while limiting Wofford to 24-of-67 (35.8%) from the floor and 9-of-29 (31%) from long range. The Terriers, who came into Thursday’s contest averaging just 10 turnovers a game, were bothered by Florida’s length, turning the ball over 19 times with four Gators recording three steals, resulting in a 20-9 points-off-turnovers advantage for the Orange & Blue.
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Utilizing the size advantage, the Gators swatted six shots, with Correa and Jeriah Warren each securing two. The Terriers controlled the boards, however, with a 45-28 advantage, including 20 offensive rebounds while limiting UF to just four.
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Wofford was led by Rachael Rose with 19 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals.
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The Terriers started hot from the field, knocking down two of their first three attempts from deep to take a 6-0 advantage. Wofford continued to hold the lead at the 6:13 mark, 10-5, before back-to-back scoop-and-scores from Rickards and Deans…

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