GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida forward Jennifer George scored a game-best 21 points and collected 10 rebounds to help lead the Gators to an 81-50 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference women's basketball action on Friday evening at the O'Connell Center. Florida improves to 11-3 on the season, while the Crusaders slip to 5-6.
Florida began the game on a 6-0 run, but the Crusaders were able to counter with an 8-0 run of their own as Holy Cross took the 8-6 lead, at 15:27, on the back of a junior Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) trey. Florida rallied back to gain the lead as it held the 14-10 edge with 12:29 on the clock. Smith hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 14-13, before Florida connected on a shot from downtown to go up by four (17-13). Then Smith again swished another shot from behind the arc to make the score 17-16 with 11:00 in the first.
Holy Cross kept the deficit at two points (26-24) with 7:00 on the clock, before the Gators embarked on a 10-2 run over the next 2:24 to go ahead 34-24. Florida ended the half with the 10-point lead, 37-27.
Over the first five minutes of the second stanza, Florida continued its fast-paced offense and jumped out with a 13-2 surge to gain the 50-32 lead. The Gators then went on a 17-7 run to go ahead 67-39 with 8:29 left in the second half. Florida ended the game on a 14-11 run to clinch its 11th victory of the season.
Smith finished with a team-best 14 points, three rebounds and a pair of steals, while junior forward Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) posted nine points and hauled in a trio of boards. Senior forward Amy Lepley (Norfolk, Mass.) had eight points, while freshman Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and scored five points. In addition to George's performance, Florida's Sydney Moss had 17 points and eight rebounds.
As a team, the Crusaders shot 36 percent (16 of 45) from the floor, while the Gators connected on 31 of 69 of their shots (45 percent). Holy Cross shot 43 percent (6 of 14) from behind the arc and made 12 of its 14 free-throw attempts (86 percent).
The Crusaders will return to action on Sunday, December 30, as they travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. to take on Bethune-Cookman at 2:00 p.m.