UF Hangs Tough with No. 14 Bulldogs, But Falls 68-56 Thursday

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1/10/2021 | 12 PM

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Taking on its third-straight top 15 opponent, the University of Florida women’s basketball team fell in a close one to visiting No. 14 Mississippi State, 68-56, Thursday evening at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
 
Florida hung tough with the SEC stalwart and trailed by just seven with under four minutes to play in the final quarter, but could not complete the rally and break through against the Bulldogs, who improved to 7-2 and 2-1 in conference play.
 
Scoring 20 or more points for the sixth time through 11 contests this season, sophomore standout Lavender Briggs paced the Gators with 22 points including 12 in the fourth quarter. Thanks to the great efforts of Briggs and double-figure nights for Kiki Smith and Faith Dut, Florida remained within striking distance all game long.

Following some offensive struggles in the early going, Florida continued to battled and played to an even 16-16 score with the Bulldogs in the final stanza.
 
After 17 points in the second half on Sunday against No. 9 Texas A&M, Briggs put together another masterful

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