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Florida women's basketball extends win streak to 10: The 10-1 Gators defeated Saint Francis 122-65 in the first round of the Gator Holiday Classic yesterday. Florida scored 70 points in the first half, breaking the previous Florida record for points in a half. Those 70 points were also the most by a team in any half of a game in the history of the O'Connell Center. Florida's 122 points also surpassed the prior program record of 112 points in a game. Florida forced a season high 40 turnovers and had five players score in double digits. The Gators will play N.C. State today at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the championship game of their home tournament. (Florida Gators; Ethan Bauer, Independent Florida Alligator)
Jalen Tabor vows to be even better next season: Tabor leads the SEC in passes defended (18) and is closing in on Florida's single season record in that category (19). He has four interceptions on the season, two of which were pick-sixes. Tabor wants to add some weight to his frame in the offseason and even has a desire to potentially appear on offense next year. While teammate Vernon Hargreaves III racked up post-season honors, Tabor, who often outplayed the All-American junior cornerback, was only named to the All-SEC Team. Tabor is setting lofty goals for himself next year by wanting to play even better, be named a First Team All-American, and win the Jim Thorpe Award. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
Caleb Brantley to return to Florida next season: Brantley will be a redshirt junior next season, and an integral part of the Gators' defensive line. One factor in Brantley's decision to return was Jonathan Bullard, who Brantley notes returned for his senior season, which became his best one at Florida, and helped improve his draft stock. (Matt Baker, Tampa Bay Times; Jordan McPherson, Independent Florida Alligator)
Florida kicker commit Eddy Pineiro talks about his decision to become a Gator: Pineiro was impressed that he was the first recruit that Jim McElwain chose to visit after the Gators finished the season. Pineiro is also aware of the concerns from some regarding his lack of in-game kicking experience. A soccer star at his high school, Pineiro was recruited to the football team in his senior year because they desperately needed a kicker. Pineiro made extra points and took over kickoff duties, but never attempted a field goal during the seven games in which he played. The reason? Pineiro says his high school team was "very bad." Pineiro also acknowledged that Florida "is struggling the most probably out of any school in the country in kicking", which gives him an early opportunity to earn a starting job. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)
Chauncey Gardner recruiting for Florida: The early-enrolling DB can't wait to get to campus and start his career as a Gator. Like Nick Washington and Quincy Wilson before him, Gardner is trying to persuade other recruits to join him at Florida. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
28 Florida student athletes graduated this weekend: The student athletes included national championship team gymnasts Kytra Hunter, Rachel Spicer, and Lauren Rose, as well as track and field star Tony McQuay. Basketball player Alex Murphy and football players Roger Dixon, Jr., Antonio Morrison, Latroy Pittman, Jr., Dallas Stubbs, Trip Thurman, and Dakota Wilson also graduated. (Florida Gators)
Florida Basketball Trivia:
A) Which player holds the record for most career starts for the Gators? (Last week, I asked who had the most consecutive starts) How many starts did he make?
B) Which player holds the record for most personal fouls in their career? How many did he have?
C) Which player holds the career record for free throw percentage (in players who made at least 140 attempts over their career)? What was the percentage?
D) Which player holds the record for career assists? (record only kept since 1968) How many did he have in his career?
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