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Florida beats Baylor 70-58

Nov. 17, 1998


Sports Editor

At Monday's media luncheon, Baylor women's head basketball coach Sonja Hogg described that night's matchup with No. 20 Florida as 'an opportunity, and definitely a challenge.'

Monday's game certainly was a challenge for the Lady Bears, as the University of Florida Lady Gators visited Waco for the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament and went home to Gainesville, Fla. with a 70-58 win.

After a very tight first half, the Lady Gators took advantage of a Baylor shooting slump and ran away with the win.

'We were staying with them,' Hogg said. 'But offensively we just couldn't get it done.'

After shooting 54 percent in the first half, Baylor made only seven of 34 from the floor in the second half. With all of the rebounds bouncing off the Baylor rim, Florida was set up for plenty of transition opportunities.

'There were lots of long rebounds coming off, which gave them wide-open lay-ups,' said Baylor forward Kacy Moffit. 'I don't know if it was not getting back or miscommunication--I'm sure Coach Hogg will let us know later.'

The shooting of Baylor guard Lara Webb was particularly cold, as Webb went one-for-15 in the second half.

'Lara spent ten minutes on the bench in the first half with two fouls, and she just never got in sync,' said Hogg. 'We had the shots we wanted; they just didn't fall for us.'

Florida's athleticism seemed to wear the Lady Bears down in the second half, as the Lady Gators converted Baylor misses into eleven second-half lay-ups.

Florida forward Tonya Washington led all scorers with 19 points, while all five of the Lady Gators' starters finished in double digits.

The Lady Bears will have a week to prepare for another Southeastern Conference foe, the Arkansas Razorbacks. They play on Nov. 24 at Arkansas.

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