Women's Basketball Gators ranked for first time since 2009

For the first time since the final poll of the 2008-09 season, the Florida Gators are ranked among the nation's top-25 women's basketball teams, as the weekly Associated Press Poll was released this afternoon.

(Special to Fightin' Gators)

Florida (14-2, 2-1 SEC) jumps in at the No. 20 position after a week when the team logged big road wins at No. 12/11 Tennessee, 74-66, and at Ole Miss, 85-65.

The Gators last appearance in the Associated Press national poll was in the 2008-09 season finale when Florida was voted No. 22.

This is the 133rd time in program history that the Gators have been ranked by the AP among the nation's top-25.

Florida is one of seven schools from the Southeastern Conference ranked in this week's AP Top-25, as well as one of four teams from the Sunshine State in the national poll.

COMPLETE Top-25 Associated Press Poll

UF Head Coach Amanda Butler on the national ranking:
"For our players, it's a pat on the back and a validation and recognition of their hard work. We have a group of seniors who take pride in what we're doing. If there are five people or 500,000 people paying attention to what we're doing, it's not going to change the way we play or the way prepare or compete."

What's Next for the Gators:

*        Who: Georgia at Florida

*        When: Thursday, January 14 * 7 p.m. ET

*        Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center * Gainesville, FL

Special Game Day Promotions:

*        Long Sleeve Gators Basketball T-shirts: The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free Gators Basketball long sleeve t-shirt!

*        Rally Towels: The first 1000 fans in attendance will receive rally towels courtesy of UF Health!

*        Free Pizza for Students: Students - arrive early, we'll have free pizza for the first 100 students in attendance!

*        UF Health Ticket Deal: All UF Health employees can get free admission to the game with their Gator 1 ID!

*        Rowdy Reptile Check-In: Students - check-in with the Rowdy Reptiles Rewards app and earn points towards great prizes all year long!

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