Gators Set Season Three-Point Record at Texas A&M

The Gators converted 13-of-29 three-pointers and reset the program record for treys in a season in their hard-fought 85-80 setback at No. 17 Texas A&M at Reed Arena on Thursday.

Funda Nakkasolgu scored 24 points, one shy of her season-high, and Haley Lorenzen scored a career-best 22 points on 10-of-16 shooting to led the Gators offensively.

Paulina Hersler record the third double-double of her career with 15 points and 11 rebounds, as the Gators converted 50 percent (31-62) from the floor during the night.

Delicia Washington, who finished with 11 points, left the game with 23 seconds remaining in the third quarter and the Gators (10-16, 2-11 SEC) were not the same without the athletic sophomore guard on the court.

During the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Hersler tacked on a three-pointer and Lorenzen followed with a bucket that gave Florida a 67-60 lead.

Texas A&M (20-7, 9-4 SEC) then turned up is defensive pressure and with Washington on the bench, the Gators committed four costly turnovers in an 18-second span that the dropped their lead to two.

Nakkasoglu scored the next three points of the game, before TAMU marched off seven consecutive points that started a 14-4 run and the hosts took an 80-74 lead with 61 seconds remaining.

Chennedy Carter and Anriel Howard led the Aggies with 28 and 21 points per game, respectively.

Season Record for Three-Pointers

  • Florida needed nine three-pointers entering tonight’s game to break the program’s season record that was 221 set by the 2008-09 team. The 2009-10 squad finished with 220 three-pointers.
  • Florida connected on 13-of-29 from beyond the arc tonight – the 10th time the team has hit double-figures from deep.
  • This season six different Gators have hit double-digit three-pointers.

Close Ones

  • Tonight was Florida’s 14th game – including its ninth in the SEC – decided by 10 points or less (4-10 overall, 1-8 SEC).

Ranked Run

  • Each of Florida’s last six games have been against ranked opponents.
  • Four of the games have been on the road.
  • Four of the games have been decided by single digits.
  • The Gators led Georgia and South Carolina by 10 points, Texas A&M by seven points and Missouri by five points but just weren’t quite able to finish the job.

 

Individual Numbers of Note

  • Haley Lorenzen scored a career-high 24 points, topping her previous high of 20 scored three times in her career and twice this season.
  • Paulina Hersler recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds for the third double-double of her career and season.
  • Lorenzen blocked one shot in the first half which was the 111th of her career, moving her past Aneika Henry into sole possession of ninth place in UF history.
  • Lorenzen became 10th Gator to start 100 career games
  • Dyandria Anderson started her 75th career game

 

UF Coach Cameron Newbuaer, Postgame Press Conference

 What’s Next for the Gators

  • Florida returns to Exactech Arena and plays host to Vanderbilt on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gator Pronunciations for this Release:

  • DYANDRIA Anderson: dee-ANN-dree-uh
  • FUNDA NAKKASOGLU: FOON-da knock-ah-SO-glue
  • DELICIA Washington: duh-LEE-shuh

 

 

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