Women's Hoops: A Tale of Two Halves

Call it a tale of two halves. <p> For Coach Carolyn Peck and her Florida women's basketball team, the two halves were as different as night and day. Florida trailed Stetson, 38-36, at the half Tuesday night at the O'Connell Center, but they roared out of the gate 14-2 at the start of the second half, then went into cruise control for their fifth straight win, 75-62.

Led by Bernice Mosby's hot shooting, the Gators didn't miss a shot until nearly 10 minutes were gone in the second half. Mosby would finish the night with a season-high 27 points on outstanding 11-15 shooting.

"Bernice did a very good job inside being aggressive both offensively and defensively," said Peck, whose Gators improved to 5-2 on the season. .

Mosby, a junior, is the type of basketball player that thrives defensively when she has her shot falling. Energized by her output on the offensive end, she turned in a great all around game with eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Her last basket was highlight reel worthy as her behind-the-back dribble brought the crowd to its feet and she finished with a spectacular layup.

Stetson hit the offensive boards hard in the first half, outrebounding the Gators 15-8 and a 15-6 advantage over Florida in second half points. The second half was a complete turnaround, however. Florida boxed out and got great position in the second half, limiting the Hatters to only rare second chance opportunities. For the game, the Gators finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge

Also worth noting on the defensive side was the literal block party the Gators had courtesy of the Hatters. Junior Dalila Eshe had a career-high 5 blocks en route as part of team season-high 10.

"Stetson's a good ball club --- much better than we've seen on film" Peck said. "Kristy Brown showed some good plays inside and out."

Brown had 24 points from the center spot on 10-23 shooting, but it was Mosby in the end that sealed the W.

"There was a five-minute period in the middle of the second half where we took some early shots [Florida] was able to convert on," Stetson head coach Dee Romine said. "That Mosby was the difference in the ball game."

Peck's team is hitting their stride plenty early with the Southeastern Conference schedule not slated till begin till the New Year. A vital part of the Gators success will be the performance of Tashia Morehead when she gets fully healthy.

The Gators will aim to make it 6 in a row on Sunday when they host the Beavers of Oregon State at 1 p.m.


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