Florida sports are chugging along on this Tuesday, with a pair of teams to review from last night, another pair to preview for today, and a third pair of squads — three student-athletes, to be exact — earning weekly Southeastern Conference honors. And believe it or not, today is a slow day after which things are going to get busy in Gainesville.
“How busy?” you might ask. Well, tomorrow and Thursday will see three athletic programs in action, and then Friday kicks the weekend off with 10 teams engaging in competition. But for now, there is plenty of ground to cover.
The No. 8 women’s golf team finished the second of three days at the Moon Golf Invitational tied for sixth place behind the efforts of sophomore England native Annabell Fuller’s a 5-under par round. Florida moved up from Sunday’s 9th-place finish and will look to improve even further today when they hit the links at 8:45 a.m. EST for the final round of the tournament.
The women’s basketball team gave the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats all that they had on Monday night, but it still was not enough as the Lady Gators fell at home, 88-80. UF was without its start guard Lavender Briggs, who is out for the season with a foot injury, but still managed to get plenty of production from Kiki Smith, Nina Rickards and Danielle Rainey, who combined for 62 points.
The Lady Gators next host the Alabama Crimson Tide on Thursday, with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. EST and can be watched on the SEC Network+.
Tonight, the men’s basketball team will be back in action after a nearly two-week layoff since their heartbreaking loss to South Carolina in Gainesville. The Gators travel to Fayetteville to face the Arkansas Razorbacks, who are ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll, looking to get back on track ahead of tournament season. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. EST and the game can be watched on ESPN2 or heard on the Gators Sports Network.
The No. 9 volleyball team earned two SEC weekly awards on Monday, with redshirt-junior outside hitter T’ara Ceasar winning the offensive player of the week and freshman defensive specialist/libero Elli McKissock earned defensive player of the week honors. The squad will be back in action on Friday to kick off a road back-to-back with the Mississippi State Bulldogs starting at 7 p.m. EST.
Junior third baseman Charla Echols became the first Gator in program history to start the season 6-for-6 at the plate en route to the SEC Player of the Week award for Week 1 of college softball play. Florida is slated to host the Jacksonville Dolphins on Wednesday for a one-game set starting at 6 p.m. EST.
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