WOMEN'S HOOPS: Gators fall to Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, AL --- The University of Florida women's basketball team shot a dismal 29.7 percent from the floor in a 77-66 loss to Alabama Sunday afternoon at Coleman Coliseum. The Gators, who dropped their fifth consecutive game, made just 19-of-64 shots from the field and fell to 5-7 all-time when playing on Super Bowl Sunday.

Alabama (13-8, 4-4 SEC) took advantage of Florida's shooting woes and exploded out of the halftime locker room on a 17-4 run to take a commanding 48-29 lead just five minutes into the second period and the Gators (12-10, 3-6 SEC) just couldn't recover.

The Gators trailed by as many as 25 points, 64-39, before staging a furious 16-2 run, with 10 of those points from Mosby, to close within 66-55 with 4:17 remaining in the game.

"Our focus was not good tonight," UF head coach Carolyn Peck said. "It was not at the level where it needs to be every night in the SEC. No, we never quit when we got down, but we didn't start playing hard until we were in too far of a hole. That's disappointing."

Bernice Mosby scored 17 of her team-high 24 points during the final 7:35 of the game, also collecting eight rebounds. Tashia Morehead was UF's lone offensive bright spot during the first 26 minutes of play, when she recorded 19 of her season-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds.

UF, which shot just 22.2 percent in the first half and 35.1 percent in the second, was outscored 30-10 in the paint.

Monique Bivins hit a game-high 27 points for Alabama, which shot 43.9 percent during the game, including a 50.0 mark in the second half.

Florida came out cold from the floor, missing its first nine shots before Tashia Morehead canned a three-pointer five minutes into the game to cut Alabama's lead to one, 6-5. The Gators then missed their next three shots, as the Tide took advantage by nailing a pair of treys and extending their lead to seven. But Bernice Mosby finally connected on her fifth shot attempt, hitting a three. After a bucket by Alabama, Morehead again sank a trey and Mosby hit one free throw to get the Gators within two.

The teams traded threes, as Depree Bowden canned the Gator's bucket and the two schools continued to exchange baskets for the next four minutes, as UF stayed within two, 24-22, with 3:36 remaining in the period. Alabama then used a 7-1 run to take a 31-23 lead with 1:30 on the clock. UF managed a pair of free throws from Mosby with 29 seconds to end the first half scoring with the Tide taking a 31-25 lead into the locker room.

Florida shot a woeful 22.2 percent (6-27) from the floor and committed 10 turnovers in the first half, when Alabama outscored the Gators 12-0 in the paint.

Florida looks to snap its five-game slide on Thursday, Feb. 10, when the Gators travel to Lexington to battle Kentucky in Memorial Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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