Two Down, One To Go…

When the Florida Gators beat Vanderbilt on March 6th they clinched the SEC Title.

Saturday, when they beat them 77-66, they earned a spot in the SEC Tournament Finals against Kentucky.

The No. 12 Gators (26-6) struggled shortly after tip-off and were quickly down 11-2, shooting 1-for-7 from the field. Florida fought back on a 13-3 run to tie the game at 128, but a 10-1 Vanderbilt run put the Commodores back up by nine. The Gators were held scoreless for a 7:15 stretch, turning the ball over 11 times resulting in 18 points for Vanderbilt, who led 36-28 at the half.

Vanderbilt opened the second with four straight points, but Florida responded with a 15-4 run to take their first lead of the game 51-50. After shooting 0-2 in the first half, Jr. Erving Walker had nine straight points and ignited fellow Guard Kenny Boynton, Soph., who hit 8-of-16 shots (5-of-9 3FG), scoring 24 points – 16 in the second half. Walker ended the day 6-for-12 (3-for-6 3FG) for 17 Pts.

Senior Chandler Parsons (SEC Player of the Year) had 16 Pts., while the bench added a combined 13 Pts. Freshman Patrick Young had eight rebounds.

Junior Jeffery Taylor led Vandy in scoring with 21 Pts., and SEC leading scorer Soph. John Jenkins was held to 10 Pts. on 3-for-15 shooting.

Florida turned the ball over only once in the second half, outshot Vanderbilt 48.3% to 36.5%, and out-rebounded Vanderbilt 38-30.

For the first time in history, the University of Florida has defeated both teams from the state of Tennessee three times in one season and the first time they have beaten any two teams three straight in one year.

The Gators will look to climb the ladder and snip the net for the first time in Atlanta since 2007, when they were the SEC Champions, SEC Tournament Champions, and National Champions. They face a Kentucky team whom they split the season with on Sunday, 1pm EST on ABC.

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I want to start off by saying thanks for checking out my blog (wow, that sounds strange). I discovered long ago that if you are a woman sports fan (which I am) most people assume you pick your teams by the cutest uniforms, the cutest players, that you have pink jerseys, and very little knowledge of what is actually going on. This is certainly not the case for either myself, or millions of other women. I've also heard many times that the professional female sports journalist got her job merely by being good looking, and being "connected". I am not of that school of belief. The few women who broadcast from a sideline, courtside, practice facility, or studio are incredibly hardworking, and I respect each and every one of them tremendously. They all earned their way to where they are. Unfortunately, the opportunities are few and far between for the rest of us. I don't think it's right, but it is what it is. G9Sports.com is breaking, crushing, and burning down the gender barrier. Created by Julie DiCaro, G9 (G for girl, 9 for Title IX) launched on Feb. 1, 2011 and is the first and only sports based website run entirely by women. I have no doubt, other websites will follow in their footsteps. When? Who knows, but it will happen. In the meantime, it seems most women blog. I really don't even know how to blog, or what it even means (I still use a notebook & pencil to jot down notes during the NFL Combine), but someone suggested I give it a go - so here we are. I thought about some of the sports-related topics that I could write about, and decided after sparing the webisphere from yet another NFL draft blog, I would blog about my first sports love, University of Florida athletics. That is, until they tell me to stop and sick their lawyers on me. Then, I'll probably just blog about Evan Longoria and shoes. Thanks again for the support... View all posts by doryleblanc

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