Site: Gainesville, Fla. (O'Connell Center)
Score: Florida 85, Delaware State 53
Records: U-M (8-5), DSU (1-10)
Next DSU Event: Friday, Dec. 29 – at. Florida Atlantic Holiday Tournament.
Gainesville, Fla. (Dec. 27, 2017) --- The Lady Hornets cold shooting doomed them in an 85-53 loss to the Florida ‘Gators’. Delaware State falls to 1-10 on the season, while Florida improves to 8-5.
The Lady Hornets forced four first quarter turnovers but were unable to capitalize on the offensive end. After the first ten minutes of play they trailed 22-10. Lanayjha Ashe recorded four points and four steals in the first quarter.
Florida took control in the second quarter out scoring Delaware State 28-9, taking a 50-19 lead into halftime. The Lady Hornets were frigid in the second quarter, shooting 4-19 (21.1%) from the floor. The Gators on the other hand, shot 12-18 from the field (66.7%).
The Hornets would never lead in the game.
DSU outscored Florida 21-19 in the third quarter. Outside shooting was the key in this quarter for the Lady Hornets, they hit four three pointers, including two by freshman guard Ryan Jones. In addition to the three-point shooting, DSU forced eight third quarter turnovers. After three quarters of play, DSU still trailed by 29 points.
Florida extended the lead up to 37 points with 4:51 left in the game.
Delaware State shot just 20-78 from the field (25.6%) and 5-29 three-point field goals (17.2%).
Ryan Jones led the team with 13 points and recorded two steals. Keke Barber added 11 points, six rebounds, and three steals. Lanayjha Ashe tallied seven points, and six steals (career high).
Florida made 30-68 field goals (44.1%) and 10-29 three-point field goals (34.5%).
Haley Lorenzen led five Florida Gators in double figures, with 18 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> The Lady Hornets made just over 25% of their shots.
> DSU forced 21 turnovers.
> DSU was outrebounded 68-35.
> Genell Addison returned after being sidelined since Nov. 17th.
> Arion Jackson also returned after being sidelined since Nov. 29th.