# 25 Texas A&M lead in Florida women’s basketball


Florida vs. 25/23 Texas A&M
Game Info:
January 9 | 3 p.m. ET
Direct:
SEC + network
Radio: 98.1FM / 850AM WRUF
Live Statistics: POCKET ARM
Play Notes: Florida | Texas A&M

GAINESVILLE, Florida – For the second time in three games, the Florida women’s basketball is set to face a Top 25 opponent when it travels to College Station, Texas for a 3 p.m. ET clash with No.25 Texas A&M on Sunday January 9.

The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network + while Kyle Crooks and Brittany Davis will handle radio responsibilities on 98.1FM / 850AM WRUF.

Sunday’s game with Texas A&M marks the 13th meeting between the Aggies and the Gators. Texas A&M has an 11-1 advantage, including six straight and an unbeaten mark at College Station. Florida’s only victory in the series came on February 4, 2016, when the Gators won an 83-81 victory in Gainesville.

In their last outing, the Gators fell to Ole Miss, 74-56, on Thursday night, battling the Rebels late in the game despite missing five players. Kiara smith led the offensive effort with 13 points in addition to seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Faith Dut had a strong outing for the Gators, finishing with a high of 12 points. Florida managed to pass the Rebels, 44-41.

The veteran graduate, Smith’s defense reached an elite level during the 2021-22 season, placing eighth nationally with a total of 43 interceptions during the year. She is also ranked 25th nationally in interceptions per game, averaging 2.87 on each outing. These numbers are good for SEC’s third and fourth, respectively.

Thursday was the first time since March 2, 2017 that the Gators failed to convert on a three-point attempt, breaking a 131-game streak with at least a three. The Florida defense also managed to keep the Rebels 0 of 4 from deep, marking the first time the Gators have held an opponent without a treble since LSU finished 0 of 2 on February 25, 2016. Thursday also scored the first time neither Florida nor their opponents have converted a three-point shot in a game since February 22, 2015, when Texas A&M finished 0 of 6 and Florida finished 0 of 8.

Texas A&M enters Sunday’s contest with a 10-4 (0-2 SEC) record, most recently falling on the road to No.7 Tennessee, 73-45. The Aggies are currently in 35th place in the NET table while the Gators are in 95th place.

– #GoGators –


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