TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida women's basketball coach Amanda Butler got her first taste of upsetting a ranked opponent. It was even sweeter that it was the school's biggest rival on their home court.
Sha Brooks scored 24 points to lead Florida (3-1) to a 72-57 upset over Florida State (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 22 AP) on Sunday. It was Florida's first win over a top 25 team since February 6, 2006, when the Gators beat No. 5 Tennessee 95-93 in overtime."Right this second, it feels perfect," Butler said. "I think [Florida State's] first five can play with anyone in the country, so it's a huge win for us."Butler had not beaten a ranked team in two seasons as head coach at Charlotte and two seasons at Florida.The Gators took their first lead at 6-4 and never trailed again, leading by as many as 16. The Seminoles (3-1) shot just 32 percent from the floor and 22 percent from 3-point range. Despite Florida State having a huge height advantage, the Gators outrebounded the Seminoles 42-35.Brooks scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, including eight of nine second-half free throws."Every time they made a run and we answered, it seemed to be that Sha answered almost every single time," Butler said. "She seemed to kill the momentum by taking the ball hard to the hole and drawing a foul or just making an incredible play."Florida State coach Sue Semrau said her biggest concern was with the Seminoles' defense. Florida shot 54 percent from the floor and made 20 of 25 free throws."They just flat-out outplayed us," Semrau said. "There's no question they came out with more competitiveness than we did. I'm just disappointed with our defensive effort."Jacinta Monroe led Florida State with 18 points and 10 rebounds.Florida State had won its last two meetings with Florida and four of the last five.