Florida Gators women's basketball

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 Cameron Newbauer, entering his second year.[3]

Florida Gators women's basketball
2018–19 Florida Gators women's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Florida
Head coachCameron Newbauer (2nd season)
ConferenceSEC
LocationGainesville, Florida
ArenaO'Connell Center
(Capacity: 11,409[1])
NicknameFlorida Gators
Student sectionOrange and Blue Crew
ColorsOrange and Blue[2]
         
Uniforms
Home
Away
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1997
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1997, 1998
NCAA Tournament Second round
1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016

History

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.[4]

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, and remained in that position until 2017.[5]

On March 27, 2017, Cameron Newbauer was announced as the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program.[6]

2018–19 Roster

2018–19 Florida Gators women's basketball team
PlayersCoaches
Pos.#NameHeightYearHometown
G 00 Delicia Washington 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Jr Macclenny, FL
G 1 Kiara Smith 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So District Heights, MD
G 3 Funda Nakkasoglu 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) RS Sr Hampton, Australia
G 4 Corey Staples 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) RS Jr Buford, Georgia
G 10 Danielle Rainey 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Washington, D.C.
G 11 Emanuely de Oliveira 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Criciúma, Brazil
F 12 Zada Williams 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Jr Babson Park, FL
F 14 Kristina Moore 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Fr Sydney, Australia
C 30 Emer Nichols 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) RS Sr Pearland, TX
G 32 Ariel Johnson 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Tracy, CA
F 44 Paige Robinson 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Jr London, England
F 55 Stephanie Brower 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) So Wesley Chapel, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: September 21, 2018

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source[7]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason Coaches' poll AP poll
Paula Welch (Independent) (1974–1976)
1974–75 Paula Welch 13–6FAIAW
1975–76 Paula Welch 16–8AIAW Region III
Paula Welch: 29–14
Cathy Davis (Independent) (1976–1979)
1976–77 Cathy Davis 12–10AIAW Region III
1977–78 Cathy Davis 12–14
1978–79 Cathy Davis 12–15AIAW Region III
Cathy Davis: 36–39
Mickie DeMoss (Independent, SEC) (1979–1983)
1979–80 Mickie DeMoss 10–19AIAW Region III
1980–81 Mickie DeMoss 11–17FAIAW
1981–82 Mickie DeMoss 13–16FAIAW
1982–83 Mickie DeMoss 11–161–75th East
Mickie DeMoss: 45–681–7
Debbie Yow (SEC) (1983–1985)
1983–84 Debbie Yow 19–92–65th East
1984–85 Debbie Yow 22–94–4T–2nd EastNWIT Second Place
Debbie Yow: 41–186–10
Carol Whitmire (SEC) (1985–1990)
1985–86 Carol Whitmire 10–182–79th
1986–87 Carol Whitmire 12–160–910th
1987–88 Carol Whitmire 9–181–89th
1988–89 Carol Whitmire 15–141–8T–9th
1989–90 Carol Whitmire 12–101–6
Carol Whitmire: 58–765–38
Lea Henry (SEC) (1990–1990)
1990 Lea Henry 3–30–29th
Lea Henry: 3–30–2
Carol Ross (SEC) (1990–2002)
1990–91 Carol Ross 17–113–6T–8th
1991–92 Carol Ross 15–134–7T–7th
1992–93 Carol Ross 19–106–5T–4thNCAA Play-In
1993–94 Carol Ross 22–78–33rdNCAA First Round2520
1994–95 Carol Ross 24–97–4T–4thNCAA Second Round1817
1995–96 Carol Ross 21–96–5T–5thNCAA First Round2216
1996–97 Carol Ross 24–99–3T–3rdNCAA Elite Eight67
1997–98 Carol Ross 23–910–4T–2ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen1213
1998–99 Carol Ross 19–146–8T–8thNCAA First Round
1999–2000 Carol Ross 21–136–8T–6thWNIT Finals
2000–01 Carol Ross 24–611–3T–2ndNCAA Second Round1814
2001–02 Carol Ross 18–118–6T–4thNCAA First Round24
Carol Ross: 247–12184–62
Carolyn Peck (SEC) (2002–2007)
2002–03 Carolyn Peck 9–191–13T–11th
2003–04 Carolyn Peck 19–118–6T–4thNCAA Second Round
2004–05 Carolyn Peck 14–155–98thWNIT First Round
2005–06 Carolyn Peck 21–98–6T–5thNCAA First Round
2006–07 Carolyn Peck 9–222–1211th
Carolyn Peck: 72–7624–46
Amanda Butler (SEC) (2007–2017)
2007–08 Amanda Butler 19–146–8T–7thWNIT Third Round
2008–09 Amanda Butler 24–89–5T4thNCAA Second Round2322
2009–10 Amanda Butler 15–177–9T–7thWNIT Second Round
2010–11 Amanda Butler 20–157–98thWNIT Third Round
2011–12 Amanda Butler 20–138–88thNCAA Second Round
2012–13 Amanda Butler 22–156–10T–8thWNIT Semifinals
2013–14 Amanda Butler 20–138–85thNCAA Second round
2014–15 Amanda Butler 13–175–1112th
2015–16 Amanda Butler 22–810–6T–4thNCAA First Round
2016–17 Amanda Butler 15–165–11T–11th
Amanda Butler: 190–13671–85
Cameron Newbauer (SEC) (2017–Present)
2017–18 Cameron Newbauer 11–193–13T-11th
Cameron Newbauer: 11–193–13
Total:732–564 (.565)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Player awards

National awards

DeLisha Milton – 1997

SEC Awards

DeLisha Milton – 1997

WNBA basketball players

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

See also

References

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