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Gators dominate the LSU Tigers 82-56

Florida guard Cassie Peoples came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points and dish out five assists in Florida’s 82-56 rout over LSU.

Florida (21-7, 9-6) knocked down 11 three-pointers and caused LSU (9-19, 3-12) to turn the ball over 30 times.

"It was great to see that our kids not only shot so well, but doing so on the road,” said Florida head coach Amanda Butler. “They've been putting in so much extra time in the gym, getting shots up outside of practice. If you continue to do those things, then at some point it's going to pay off and it did tonight. That was the separating factor in the game."

It was a nice turnaround for the Gators after shooting just 35.8 percent from the field and 22.2 percent from three at Georgia last Sunday.

"I think our players were really ready to play. They played with a great deal of urgency from the beginning,” Butler said. “We knew LSU was going to make it all the way down to the last round – two heavyweights slugging it out. We had to try and capitalize on every opportunity. We really tried to set the tone early and our first five really did a nice job of that."

Coach Butler credited Peoples as a key cog in Florida’s dominating performance.

"It was really important for her to play that well for her team,” Butler said. “Carlie [Needles] went out and left a hole in what we normally have in terms of our normal rotation and Cassie did what you expect her to do in stepping up and filling that role and hitting shots."

Florida will use this momentum as they head into their season finale at home against Auburn on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Gators’ senior class will be honored with a postgame ceremony.


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