Gator News and World Report (3/3/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, March 3, 2006. On to the second round; Gators making most of opportunities; Gators are missing La Porta's presence; No. 23 Florida 98, Mississippi State 83; Hey, kid, grab some bench; Streaking Lady Gators continue to roll; Respect comes with success for Wildcats; UF hoops team needs a life vest; Ball finds way to maturity as pitcher; UF struggles to rack up runs; Gators face critical game at UK; Softball faces Florida and more...

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

On to the second round
Danielle Santos scored 24 points to lead Florida to a 98-83 victory over Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Thursday.

No. 23 Florida 98, Mississippi State 83
Danielle Santos scored 24 points to lead Florida to a 98-83 victory over Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference women's tournament Thursday night.

Streaking Lady Gators continue to roll
Danielle Santos scored 24 points to lead Florida to a 98-83 victory over Mississippi State in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament and left her coach almost speechless.

Cats, Gators get third time to figure each other out
In interviews this week, Florida Coach Carolyn Peck has compared her team's season to the Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Respect comes with success for Wildcats
Ninth? Really, ninth? Seriously? That was Samantha Mahoney's reaction when she spotted Kentucky's pre-season ranking at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in October.

UK Women to Face Florida in SEC Tourney
The Kentucky women's basketball team will face fifth-seeded Florida in Friday's second round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. EST at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. The game will be carried live on FSN South and the Big Blue Sports network (radio) with Neil Price.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators making most of opportunities
Back in November, it didn't seem likely.Yet an area that was Florida's biggest weakness early in the season has become its biggest strength. Florida is on the verge of its second Southeastern Conference free throw shooting title in three years when the season closes Sunday at Kentucky.

Hey, kid, grab some bench
Tubby Smith tried yelling, cajoling and ordering. He tried pleading, berating and stomping. None of it worked. None of it got through to Smith's players, got them to play together, to listen to him, to do exactly what he wanted.

UF hoops team needs a life vest
One thing became painfully obvious after watching the last two games of the CBS college basketball triple-header over the weekend: There are a handful of elite teams in the country and the University of Florida is not one of them.

Gators face critical game at UK
For about an hour Wednesday night, this game didn't matter. After defeating Kentucky at Rupp Arena less than a month earlier, Tennessee had the Wildcats in a 14-point stranglehold during the first half on its home court on Wednesday.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators are missing La Porta's presence
Matt LaPorta noticed his abdomen was sore when the Gators returned from a three-game sweep at Miami two weeks ago.

Ball finds way to maturity as pitcher
Bryan Ball doesn't like to be beaten -- even by his friends. How competitive is he? Ball reminded former Charlotte High and current University of Florida teammate Matt LaPorta when LaPorta arrived on campus for the 2003-04

UF struggles to rack up runs
The formerly top-ranked Gators don't appear so mighty anymore. After treating Cincinnati pitching like batting practice on opening weekend, the bats have gone cold, and UF has lost three out of its last four games.

Florida Gator Softball

Softball faces Florida
Florida (11-5) at USF (10-6) When: Today, 4 Where: USF Softball Complex

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