Lady Bulldogs Drop Road Contest at Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Mississippi State failed to put the 40-minute game together Sunday afternoon, falling 78-63 to Florida in a Southeastern Conference women's basketball game played at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

MSU actually held a 40-37 lead with 15:52 left in regulation. Florida followed with a 28-7 to take complete control of the contest. From there, the Gators cruised to a victory, clinching a season series sweep.

With the win, Florida improved to 15-13 overall and 5-9 in league play. Meanwhile, MSU lost its third straight, falling to 10-16 overall and 2-12 in league play.

Florida sprinted to a 10-4 advantage less than six minutes into the contest. The Lady Bulldogs answered with a 15-2 run, taking their first lead at 14-12 on a 3-point basket by Mary Kathryn Govero. Diamber Johnson followed with a trey and a baseline jumper, placing the Maroon and White on top, 19-12.

Florida scored the game's next six points, to cut the deficit to 19-18.

Govero answered with a 3-pointer on the other end and the Lady Bulldogs maintained some type of push for the remainder of the half. Govero scored four more points and Danielle Rector hit a layup on a give-and-go as MSU snuck into halftime with a 31-28 advantage.

Florida's Jaterra Bonds tied the game at 31 on a 3-point basket to start the second half scoring. The Lady Bulldogs came back with the game's next five points.

Florida had the game's next points, taking a 37-36 lead on a 3-point play by Lanita Bartley.

The Lady Bulldogs came back for the 40-37 lead on an Ashley Brown layup. MSU managed two field goals over the next 8:04 as Florida started to mount its game-deciding 28-7 run.

A jumper by UF's Ndidi Madu ran the lead to 65-47 with 6:47 left in regulation.

MSU closed within 10 at the 3:36 on a Diamber Johnson 3-point basket. The Lady Bulldogs got no closer the rest of the way.

For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 26 of 68 shots from the field (38.2 percent), 7 of 18 shots from 3-point range (38.9 percent) and 4 of 9 shots from the foul line (44.4 percent). The Gators hit 28 of 57 shots from the field (49.1 percent), 3 of 14 shots from 3-point range (21.4 percent) and 19 of 29 shots from the foul line (65.5 percent).

Florida held a 43-37 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 12 assists and 15 turnovers, while the Gators had 12 assists and 17 turnovers.

Govero finished with a team-high 17 points, while Johnson finished with 15 points. Porsha Porter had a team-high 10 rebounds, including eight on the defensive end.

Florida received 23 points from Bartley and 21 points from Jennifer George. Bonds was the other Gator in double figures, with 11 points.

The Lady Bulldogs play at Alabama at 7 p.m. Thursday. The 2010-11 regular season closes with arch-rival Ole Miss paying a 2 p.m. visit Sunday to the Humphrey Coliseum.


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