Mississippi State University
1/7/2021 | 6 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida women’s basketball team (7-3, 0-2) hung tough with No. 9 Texas A&M (10-0) but saw the Aggies pull away in the fourth as it dropped a 92-67 decision inside Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center Sunday in its SEC home opener.
Florida clawed its way back to within five points in the third quarter, but the high-powered Aggies closed out the Gators with a 31-17 edge in the final period.
Taking on their second-straight top 10 team, Florida’s effort came up short despite a strong game from sophomore Nina Rickards who recorded her first double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Rickards, a guard, has 50 rebounds in her last four games.
Featuring four double figure scorers for the second time this season, Florida was paced by sophomore Lavender Briggs who tallied 19 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Kiki Smith wowed the O’Dome crowed with a collection of tough finishes at the rim, recording 16 points while Faith Dut scored 11 points off the Gator bench.
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