Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Season Previews

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Women's Season Previews

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FLORIDA

COACH: Amanda Butler (first season at UF; 40-22, third season overall).

LAST SEASON: 9-22 overall, 2-12 in the Southeastern Conference.

TOP PLAYERS: Depree Bowden, G, Sr. (12.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists per game); Sha Brooks, G, Jr. (15.4 ppg, 2.4 apg); Aneika Henry, C, Jr. (transfer from Seminole CC).

KEY GAMES: Nov. 9 vs. Xavier; Nov. 23 vs. Florida State; Dec. 16 vs. TCU; Jan. 5 at Temple; Jan. 10 at Kentucky; Feb. 28 at Tennessee.

OUTLOOK: Butler promised an up-tempo style, and UF delivered against Warner Southern in a 106-28 exhibition win. UF returns its top three scorers from last season. The Gators will be helped immensely by Henry. She has dunked in practice several times. When she dunks in a game, she will be the sixth woman in history to do so.

MICHAEL DIROCCO/The Times-Union

JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY

COACH: Jill Dunn (37-48, fourth season at JU; 60-81; sixth season overall).

LAST SEASON: 21-9 overall, 14-4 Atlantic Sun Conference; lost 78-72 to East Tennessee State in conference tournament semifinals.

TOP PLAYERS: Ashley Williams, F, Sr. (17.0 points, 7.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals per game in '06-07); Virginia Gregoire, G, Jr. (14.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 spg).

KEY GAMES: Nov. 13 at Miami; Nov. 28 vs. Florida at Veterans Memorial Arena; Jan. 19 at UNF; Feb. 16 vs. UNF.

OUTLOOK: For the first time in program history, the Dolphins are favored by league coaches to win the A-Sun, and with it, an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. Much of that praise is because of Williams (A-Sun preseason MVP) and Gregoire (A-Sun preseason first team), who return after ranking first and second, respectively, in the league in scoring last season. Junior guards Regina Omoite and DaVina Hamilton also return, giving the Dolphins a solid core.

JUSTIN HATHAWAY/The Times-Union

FLORIDA STATE

COACH: Sue Semrau (150-138, 11th season at FSU and overall). …

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