"I think we were playing hard the majority of the game, but we were not on the same page," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We missed a lot of open looks. We have to see each other better and we have to communicate better. They (Florida) got a couple of threes and a couple of offensive boards that changed the game around."
MSU's only lead of the game came off senior forward Mamie McKinney's opening basket with 19:13 on the clock. Florida tied the game at two with 17:37 left to go and led by as much as four before Johnson's basket with 13:44 remaining tied the game for the third time. From there, the Gators went up by as much as 11 with 6:46 left in the half before State crawled back to within six with 1:35 to play. Despite shooting only 19 percent from the field in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs went into the lockerroom down 24-18 at the break.
State opened the second half strong with senior guard Doceide Warren hitting a three-pointer to cut the Florida lead to three. Following a missed Gator shot, Porter scored on MSU's next possession to bring MSU back to within one. It was the closest State got as Florida went up by two at the 16:33 mark and extended the lead out to nine midway through the period. With 9:16 remaining in the game, the Gators took a double-digit lead and held the advantage for the remainder of the half. Behind 21 total points off of five MSU turnovers, Florida took a 15-point, 63-48 win.
Dalila Eshe led Florida with 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Sha Brooks added 11 points.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sunday afternoon, hosting Alabama in a 2 p.m. contest at Humphrey Coliseum in one of the two final remaining home games of the season.
-Sophomore guard/forward Amy Reeder made the first start of her career tonight. It was sophomore guard's Miayorka Johnson's fourth career start.
-The last time MSU had two players record double-doubles in a game was against Mississippi on Jan. 8.