Florida Gators women's basketball

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Florida Gators women's basketball
2013–14 Florida Gators women's basketball team
Florida Gators women's basketball athletic logo
University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, FL
Head coach Amanda Butler (7th year)
Arena O'Connell Center
(Capacity: 11,409[1])
Nickname Florida Gators
Student section Orange and Blue Crew
Colors

Blue and Orange

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
1997
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1997, 1998
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2012
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014
O'Connell Center, the home court of the Florida Gators women's basketball team.

The Florida Gators women's basketball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators play their home games at the O'Connell Center located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Amanda Butler.

History[edit]

Women's basketball was approved as a sport by University of Florida in March 1972, and began play in 1973 as a club team. In 1975, the Gators debuted as a varsity program under head coach Paula Welch. They made local headlines in 1976 by winning the "state championship" by beating the other three women's teams in the state at that time.[2]

While historically overshadowed by divisional (and national) basketball powers Tennessee and Georgia, the Gators have made several NCAA Tournament appearances and sent players to the WNBA, such as DeLisha Milton-Jones. The winningest coach at Florida is Carol Ross, who guided the team for twelve seasons but left Florida to coach the women's basketball team at her alma mater, Ole Miss.

Florida's women's team was coached by Carolyn Peck, a former WNBA coach who won a national title with Purdue, from 2002 to 2007. Peck was fired midway through the 2006–2007 season (though she was allowed to finish out the season), after enduring the worst losing streak of any Gator sports program.

Former University of Florida player and previous Charlotte coach Amanda Butler was named the new women's basketball coach on April 13, 2007.

2013–14 Roster[edit]

2013–14 Florida Gators women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year High School/Junior College Home town
G 20 Bannister, AntoinetteAntoinette Bannister 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So The Potter’s House Christian Academy/ UNC Jacksonville, Fla.
G 10 Bonds, JaterraJaterra Bonds 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) Sr P.K. Yonge Gainesville, Fla.
C 15 Dimaite, ViktorijaViktorija Dimaite 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) RS So The Rock (Fla.) School Panevezys, Lithuania
G 22 Lewis, KaylaKayla Lewis 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS Jr Southwest DeKalb HS Decatur, Ga.
F 25 Mercer, ChristinChristin Mercer 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) So Douglas County HS Douglasville, Ga.
G 3 Miller, JanuaryJanuary Miller 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So University HS Orlando, Fla.
G 4 Needles, CarlieCarlie Needles 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) RS So ThunderRidge HS Highlands Ranch, Col.
G 13 Peoples, CassieCassie Peoples 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) RS So Cy-Fair HS / Univ. of Texas San Antonio, Texas
F 31 Svete, LilyLily Svete 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Sr Penn HS Granger, Ind.
G/F 1 Williams, RonniRonni Williams 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Fr Atlantic HS Daytona Beach, FL
Head coach

Amanda Butler

Assistant coach(es)

Angela Crosby
David Lowery
Murriel Page


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2013-08-16

Year by year results[edit]

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[3]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Paula Welsh (Independent) (1974–1976)
1974–75 Paula Welsh 13–6 FAIAW
1975–76 Paula Welsh 16–8 AIAW Region III
Paula Welsh: 29–14
Cathy Davis (Independent) (1976–1979)
1976–77 Cathy Davis 12–10 AIAW Region III
1977–78 Cathy Davis 12–14
1978–79 Cathy Davis 12–15 AIAW Region III
Cathy Davis: 36–39
Mickie DeMoss (Independent, SEC) (1979–1983)
1979–80 Mickie DeMoss 10–19 (SEC) AIAW Region III
1980–81 Mickie DeMoss 11–17 FAIAW
1981–82 Mickie DeMoss 13–16 FAIAW
1982–83 Mickie DeMoss 11–16 1–7 5th (SEC East)
Mickie DeMoss: 45–68 1–7
Debbie Yow (SEC) (1983–1985)
1983–84 Debbie Yow 19–9 2–6 5th (SEC East)
1984–85 Debbie Yow 22–9 4–4 T–2nd (SEC East) NWIT Second Place
Debbie Yow: 41–18 6–10
Carol Higginbottom Whitmire (SEC) (1985–1990)
1985–86 Carol Higginbottom Whitmire 10–18 2–7 9th
1986–87 Carol Higginbottom Whitmire 12–16 0–9 10th
1987–88 Carol Higginbottom Whitmire 9–18 1–8 9th
1988–89 Carol Higginbottom Whitmire 15–14 1–8 T–9th
1989–90 Carol Higginbottom Whitmire 12–10 1–6
Carol Higginbottom Whitmire: 58–76 5–38
Lea Henry (SEC) (1990–1991)
1990 Lea Henry 3–3 0–2 9th
Lea Henry: 3–3 0–2
Carol Ross (SEC) (1990–2002)
1990–91 Carol Ross 17–11 3–6 T–8th
1991–92 Carol Ross 15–13 4–7 T–7th
1992–93 Carol Ross 19–10 6–5 T–4th NCAA Second Round (Play-In)
1993–94 Carol Ross 22–7 8–3 3rd NCAA First Round 25 20
1994–95 Carol Ross 24–9 7–4 T–4th NCAA Second Round 18 17
1995–96 Carol Ross 21–9 6–5 T–5th NCAA First Round 22 16
1996–97 Carol Ross 24–9 9–3 T–3rd NCAA Quarterfinals 6 7
1997–98 Carol Ross 23–9 10–4 T–2nd NCAA Sixteen 12 13
1998–99 Carol Ross 19–14 6–8 T–8th NCAA First Round
1999–2000 Carol Ross 21–13 6–8 T–6th WNIT Finals
2000–01 Carol Ross 24–6 11–3 T–2nd NCAA Second Round 18 14
2001–02 Carol Ross 18–11 8–6 T–4th NCAA First Round 24
Carol Ross: 247–121 84–62
Carolyn Peck (SEC) (2002–2007)
2002–03 Carolyn Peck 9–19 1–13 T–11th
2003–04 Carolyn Peck 19–11 8–6 T–4th NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Carolyn Peck 14–15 5–9 8th WNIT First Round
2005–06 Carolyn Peck 21–9 8–6 T–5th NCAA First Round
2006–07 Carolyn Peck 9–22 2–12 11th
Carolyn Peck: 72–76 24–46
Amanda Butler (SEC) (2007–present)
2007–08 Amanda Butler 19–14 6–8 T–7th WNIT Sixteen
2008–09 Amanda Butler 24–8 9–5 T4th NCAA Second Round 23 22
2009–10 Amanda Butler 15–17 7–9 T–7th WNIT Second Round
2010–11 Amanda Butler 20–15 7–9 8th WNIT Sixteen
2011–12 Amanda Butler 20–13 8–8 8th NCAA Second Round
2012–13 Amanda Butler 22–15 6–10 T–8th WNIT Semifinals
2013–14 Amanda Butler 20–13 8–8 5th NCAA Second round
Amanda Butler: 140–95 51–57
Total: 671–510

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

WNBA basketball players[edit]

Florida has produced a number of players for the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • GatorSports.com – Florida Gators women's basketball news from The Gainesville Sun.
  • GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators women's basketball team.