Georgia Women's Basketball Falls to UF
Feb. 26, 2017

The above package features an interview with Head Coach Joni Taylor talking about the game and how the team will start prep for the SEC Tournament.


Final Stats

GeorgiaTEAM Florida
58SCORE 65
36.2%FG% 43.8%
30.8%3FG% 33.3%
100.0%FT% 73.1%
33REB 31
11ASST 11
21 FLS 16

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Georgia Lady Bulldog basketball team led for over 25 minutes, but Florida scored late and often for a 65-58 victory Sunday afternoon at the Exactech Arena.

With the loss, Georgia wraps up its regular season with a 15-14 record and 7-9 mark in Southeastern Conference action. The Lady Bulldogs will either be the No. 7 or 8 seed in this week's SEC Tournament depending on results from around the league.

Ronni Williams was the star for Florida, finishing with a game-high 31 points, including 19 in the second half. Pachis Roberts recorded her 23rd game in double figures with 18 points, while Mackenzie Engram finished with 13.

"Credit Florida for a great game today," head coach Joni Taylor said. "For us, we are obviously disappointed but one game does not define your season. We have to bounce back and get ready to go this week at the SEC Tournament."

Engram scored Georgia's first five points as the Lady Bulldogs jumped ahead of the Gators in the early going. Georgia shot 50 percent from the floor in the first quarter and never relinquished the lead, building a 15-12 advantage at the end of the opening period.

Florida grabbed its first lead of the game at the eight-minute mark of the second frame off a Williams' layup. Stephanie Paul had the quick answer with a 3-point basket to tie the game at 18-18. Williams finished with 10 points in the second quarter alone for the Gators, but it was Roberts who heated up for the Lady Bulldogs. She scored six-straight points to end the half and gave her team the 30-26 lead going into the locker room.

Back-to-back baskets to begin the second half -- one from Haley Clark and the other from Engram -- extended Georgia's run to 10-straight points and gave the Lady Bulldogs the early momentum in the third quarter. The Gators fought back to tie the game at 43-43 with under two seconds remaining before Tyshara Fleming was called for a flagrant foul, sending Halle Washington to the free-throw line, where she knocked them both in.

Florida then exploded in the fourth quarter and built as much as a six-point advantage, 58-52, with just over two minutes to go. That lead ballooned out to nine as the Lady Bulldogs found themselves in foul trouble and Williams continued to score for the Gators en route to her team's 65-58 win.

Next up, Georgia will play Thursday at the SEC Tournament in Greenville, S.C.

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