The game featured two teams searching for their identity, with Vanderbilt entering the game with a 3-5 record in conference play and Florida with a 2-6 record in the SEC.
Even without Audrey-Ann Caron-Goudreau, who missed the game due to illness, in the beginning, Vanderbilt ready to bounce back from Thursday night's loss, jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Unfortunately for Vanderbilt, however, that was as good as it got. Florida then went on a 9-0 run to take a 9-6 lead with 13:47 left and never trailed again.
At halftime, the Gators held a 10-point lead at 32-22. Vanderbilt shot a dismal 28.6% from the field for the half, including just one 3-pointer on six attempts, and committed ten turnovers.
The second half got worse before it got better. Before Morgan Batey scored the first Vanderbilt points of the second half at 17:08 mark, the Florida lead had increased to 15 points at 37-22.
Gradually Vanderbilt began to climb back into the game, cutting the Florida lead to six points at 37-31 on a layup by Marqu'es Webb. But the Gators stopped by run and once again stretched the lead to double digits at 41-31.
Then Rebekah Dahlman countered for the Dores hitting a 3-pointer then a pair of free throws to cut the Florida lead down to five points, as close as Vanderbilt had been since the first half.
Bu again Florida shut the door, and with 6:18 left in the game, the Gators once again led by double digits at 50-39. From there on, Vanderbilt couldn't put together a run, and Florida held on for the 67-58 victory.
Vanderbilt was led in scoring by Marqu'es Webb with 15 points, followed by Rebekah Dahlman with 13, and Rachel Bell with 12. Webb was also the leading rebounder with 12, and Dahlman led the team in assists with six.
With the loss, Vanderbilt falls to 4-6 in the SEC, 12-10 overall. Next action for the Dores will be on Thursday night, when they host the Ole Miss Rebels. Game time is 7 p.m.
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