The Herald-Dispatch

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A 20-point lead late in the third quarter nearly wasn’t enough Sunday afternoon for the University of Florida women’s basketball team against Marshall University.

Florida won, 74-69, but the game was closer at the end than the score indicates.

Marshall (3-6) rallied after falling behind 54-34 with 4:48 of the third quarter and all 10 minutes of the fourth period left to play. A 33-14 run put the Thundering Herd within 68-67 with 1:06 to go.

Gators head coach Cameron Newbauer said Haley Lorenzen made the play of the game by collecting an offensive rebound and getting fouled with 49 seconds remaining. Lorenzen made a pair of free throws and gave Florida a 70-67 cushion. Dyandria Anderson’s foul shot gave the Gators a 71-67 edge with 16 seconds on the clock.

Marshall’s Asheika Alexander came right back with a layup and then fouled Florida’s Funda Nakkasoglu. One free throw by Nakkasoglu put the Gators ahead by three with 12 seconds left.

Herd junior guard Shayna Gore, who averaged 17.8 points entering the game and was held to nine, missed a 3-point field goal attempt with four seconds remaining. Delicia Washington grabbed the rebound for Florida and sealed the win with two free throws.

“We talked about needing to stay consistent and steady as a basketball team and I think we really showed that today,” Marshall head coach Tony Kemper said in a report. “I think everyone stepped up and we really put pressure on them in the fourth that made them tighten up a bit and we took advantage.

“I’m proud of the way they fought today.”

Florida (6-4) from the Southeastern Conference had 18

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