Alligators greet the New Year on Sunday with the nationally classified Georgia
Florida vs. # 13/12 Georgia
Game information: January 2nd | 3 p.m. ET
Live broadcast: SEC network
Radio: 98.1 FM / 850 AM WRUF
Live statistics: SIDE ARM
Game hints: Florida | Georgia
GAINESVILLE, Florida. – Florida’s women’s basketball is expected to open the Southeastern Conference game on Sunday afternoon, when # 13/12 Georgia heads to the Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O’Connell for a tip at 3 p.m. ET.
The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network with Steffi Sorensen and Tiffany Greene. Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will be performing radio duties on 98.1FM / 850AM WRUF.
Sunday’s matchup between the Gators and Bulldogs marks the 79th meeting between the teams, with Georgia having a 61-17 series advantage. The Bulldogs have won eight games in a row in the series that dates back to January 28, 2018. Florida’s last win over the Bulldogs came at home on February 26, 2017, 65-58.
UF is 19-24 of all time in SEC lid lifters and has lost seven in a row. The Gators are 12-9 in the SEC opening games played at home, and Sunday will be the first SEC home opener since the 2016-17 season. The Gators’ last win in an SEC opener came on January 2, 2013, when they scored an 82-72 home win over Mississippi State.
Prior to the postponement of the game in Mississippi State, which was originally scheduled for December 30th, the Gators achieved their 10th non-conference win with a win over Murray State. The win was the first time since the 2015/16 season that Orange & Blue had won at least 10 games in the non-conference. The Gators ended with 12 Noncon wins during the 2015-16 campaign.
Lavender Briggs led the UF’s offensive against the Racers, scoring 12 points for the home team. Freshman Alberte hit three out of four from the depths, helping her to 11 points, while Kiara Smith scored 10 in the afternoon. The Gators increased the pace against Murray State and ended up with a 21-4 lead in quick breakpoints.
Briggs continues to score 1,000 career points in her career in Florida. The Provo, Utah native is currently at 954 points, just 46 points away from becoming the club’s 27th member. She is currently 55th in the nation on field goals scored with 72.
The senior leader, Smith’s Defense, rose to elite levels in the 2021-22 season, ranking 10th nationwide with a total of 35 steals in the year. She is also ranked 38th in the nation in steals per game, averaging 2, 69 during every excursion.
Sunday marks the third year in a row that the Gators Open SEC play against a ranked opponent.