Lady Gators hammer UCF for second straight win

The Florida women's basketball team didn't get back from The Bahamas where they played in the Junkanoo Jam until 5:45 a.m. Monday, but if the Gators were weary from travel and too many games over a short period it didn't show Tuesday evening. Playing their third game in five days, the Gators (2-2) hammered the University of Central Florida Golden Knights 67-42 Tuesday night for their second win in a row.

Fatigue wasn't a factor for a Carolyn Peck squad that made its mark on the night by forcing 21 turnovers, including eight in the first eight minutes. The Gators pressed UCF by placing junior Bernice Mosby on the ball with three guards behind her in order to inspire the defense.

"Our press works because we have a lot of energy and a lot of heart," Peck said. "We are doing a really good job of recognizing who the cutters are and forcing them into mistakes."

Mosby scored a game high 16 points in front of an O'Connell Center crowd of 1,855 that watched the orange and blue reach .500. The story of the night though came from senior Tashia Morehead, who definitely wasn't fatigued from the trip. Morehead had 15 points in 14 minutes off 6-6 shooting while still recovering from a right quad strain.

"I've been out for awhile and to get back in there is a good feeling," Morehead said. "I want to thank my teammates for having confidence in me because those 15 points aren't anything without them."

Morehead said she is feeling around 90 per cent . She got off to a quick start, pulling down two rebounds in the opening minutes followed by some nifty scoring on the inside. She took her game outside in the second half, hitting 2-2 from three-point range.

Junior Danielle Santos had 10 points on the night and was quick to admit the immediate impact of having Morehead back to her usual game.

"She's a good player and a good leader," Santos said. "Just having her out there means so much to the team."

Morehead started the game on the bench riding a stationary bike to keep loose. She was replaced in the starting lineup by junior Sarah Lowe, who led the team with six assists.

The Gators get a much needed rest for the next couple days and will square off against Temple on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the O'Dome.

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