Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Florida

The Vanderbilt Commodore women travel to Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday night to face Florida. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Gators.

Florida got off to a 12-1 start prior to the conference slate. The Gators then won seven of their first 10 in the SEC but have since lost two straight, the most recent a blowout defeat at Auburn. 

Ronni Williams leads the Gators in scoring.  Williams, a 6-foot guard/forward, had 16 points and nine rebounds in the recent loss at Auburn.  Guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki is the only other Gator averaging in double digits. 

Williams leads Florida in 3-point shooting percentage but rarely takes a shot.  Two other players are hitting over 35 percent from beyond the arc. Six-foot-3 forward Haley Lorenzen leads the Gators in shooting accuracy from the field but Williams is not far behind her. 

Looking at some of the Gator's non-scoring stats.  Williams leads the team in rebounding.  Christinaki has nearly 100 assists. Guard Simone Westbrook leads the team in steals while 6-foot-4 center Tyshara Fleming has blocked the most shots.  

Comparing the two teams in key stats, Florida scores more points, gets more rebounds, more blocks and more steals.  Vandy has the edge in points allowed, shooting accuracy, and has fewer turnovers.  

This is a game where Vanderbilt will be solid underdog.  To win this game the Commodores have to keep turnovers under control as Florida forces an enormous number of steals.  Vandy must also shoot well and play solid defense. 

Thursday's game tips off at 6 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.  Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at AM 560 WNSR.

 


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