FIU's 19-12 women's team got an at-large bid to its second consecutive Women's National Invitational Tournament, the WNIT announced Monday night, and will host Florida Thursday.
Florida's 18-14, but went 6-10 in the SEC during the regular season and lost in the second round of the conference tournament to Tennessee 82-73. Interestingly, the Gators roster includes only three players born in Florida, three players who went to high school in Florida, and zero from the 305, 954 or 561 (or 786 or 754). Their rotation goes nine deep. Guard Jaterra Bonds leads the Gators in scoring at 12.7 points per game. Senior Jennifer George averages 11.5 and 8.0 rebounds per game. Sydney Moss, a 5-11 swingwoman, averages 3.84 assists per game and 10.6 points.
Of course, FIU counters with Jerica Coley, who leads the nation in scoring (25.9 points per game) and FIU in blocked shots, steals, free throw percentage, field goal percentage.
Last season, FIU pounded Stetson 75-47 at The Branch in the first round before losing 77-61 to South Florida at USF's Campus Recreation Center gym.