GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Georgia 95, Florida 80


Associated Press

GAINSVILLE, Fla. - Jenna Staiti scored 30 points, Maya Caldwell added 27, both career highs, and No. 17 Georgia pulled away from Florida for a 95-80 win.

Combined with No. 19 Kentucky's loss to Ole Miss, Georgia secured a top-four seed and a double-bye in next week's Southeastern Conference tournament.

There were seven ties and 12 lead changes, the last coming when Que Morrison made two free throws and Caldwell followed with a layup to give the Lady Bulldogs a 51-48 lead midway through the third quarter.

The Gators hung in there until a 9-0 run, started and ended by Caldwell and featuring Stati's second 3 of the game and fifth of the season, broke it open under the four-minute mark.

Morrison scored 14 points, Mikayla Coombs 11 and Gabby Connally 10 for Georgia (18-5, 10-5 SEC), which has won eight straight in the series. Stati also had 13 rebounds, for her eighth double-double of the season, three blocks, two assists and a steal.

Floor Toonders, Jordyn Merritt and Kiara Smith all scored 16 for the Gators (10-12, 3-11) and Nina Rickards added 14. They have lost four straight since leading scorer Lavender Briggs (19.5) was lost for the season with a foot injury.

Florida was not daunted by Georgia's defense that allows 59.2 points on 36.6% shooting, but the Gators did have 19 turnovers that were turned into 22 points.

The Lady Bulldogs were efficient on offense, shooting 58.2%, highlighted by a 10-for-13 fourth quarter and 22-of-31 (71%) second half. Staiti was 13 of 21 and Caldwell 11 of 15 with both hitting 2 of 3 behind the arc.

February 28, 2021


Georgia
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Isaacs F 15 0-4 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 2 3 0
J. Staiti C 32 13-21 2-2 2-3 4-13 2 3 1 0 3 30
G. Connally G 39 3-10 4-4 0-3 0-1 3 0 1 1 2 10
M. Caldwell G 38 11-15 3-3 2-3 2-3 0 0 0 4 3 27
Q. Morrison G 35 6-10 2-4 0-2 1-5 4 1 4 3 1 14
M. Coombs 30 5-5 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 4 11
M. Davenport 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 2 0 1 0
J. Nicholson 4 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 0 0 3
C. Chapman 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 39-67
(.582)
13-17
(.765)
4-11
(.364)
10-33 9 7 9 12 17 95


Florida
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
J. Merritt F 38 6-10 3-6 1-3 2-6 1 0 0 3 1 16
F. Dut F 9 1-3 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 1 1 3 2
K. Smith G 39 5-15 4-4 2-4 1-5 3 0 2 4 1 16
N. Rickards G 37 7-14 0-0 0-1 1-2 3 0 2 4 1 14
K. Moore G 17 0-2 7-8 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 2 3 7
F. Toonders 20 7-8 2-2 0-0 3-7 1 0 0 2 2 16
D. Rainey 15 1-4 0-0 1-2 0-1 0 0 1 0 2 3
B. Farrell 14 0-1 1-2 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 1
E. Sullivan 11 2-3 1-2 0-0 3-3 0 0 0 1 1 5
Totals   200 29-60
(.483)
18-24
(.750)
4-11
(.364)
12-31 10 0 6 19 14 80



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