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Sport Former Florida guard Lavender Briggs commits to Maryland women’s basketball

23:22  17 january  2022
23:22  17 january  2022 Source:   sbnation.com

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It has been a bit of a rough season for the Florida Gators women ’ s basketball squad, who lost their first five Southeastern Conference matchups this season before finally snapping the streak last Sunday against the Auburn Tigers. However, despite the lack of wins in league play, UF has one of the most potent scoring weapons in the conference this season. Lavender Briggs is her name and sinking shots is her game.

As a freshman, Briggs led the team in scoring average with 15 points per game. This was the highest-scoring average by a freshman since 1991 and the second-highest by a freshman in Gator women ’ s basketball history. Additionally, Briggs continued to pile on the accomplishments earning SEC All-Freshman Team honors. Briggs established herself as an integral member of the Florida offense in her freshman campaign. Her first season gave her time to grow and step into a leadership role in her sophomore season.

Maryland women’s basketball has received a commitment from Florida transfer guard Lavender Briggs, per multiple reports.

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The news was first reported by The Ball Out on Monday morning. A Maryland team spokesperson confirmed the news with Testudo Times on Monday afternoon.

Briggs, from Provo, Utah, was averaging 12.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 14 appearance for the Gators this season. It was announced on Jan. 7 that Briggs would miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in her left shin, and she decided to enter the transfer portal on Jan. 13.

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Coach Cam made a big recruiting splash for the women ’ s team this week with the commitment of 6’1” guard Lavender Briggs . An athletic guard who plays with great intensity Briggs is the 48th ranked player in the 2019 class and is the highest rated recruit Coach Cam has welcomed to Gainesville. EF: Your impressive AAU career lead to you getting some incredible offers from all around the country including, of course, Florida (laughs). You’re the highest ranked player Coach Cam has landed at Florida . What was his vision for you and what ultimately got you, a New Yorker relocated to Utah and

- Guard Lavender Briggs , the Florida Gators' leading scorer and rebounder, will miss the remainder of the basketball season because of a stress fracture in her left shin. Interim coach Kelly Rae Finley made the announcement Friday, saying she is "saddened for Lavender after seeing all the work she put in "She is obviously a key component for our team and we will miss what she brings to the court," Finley said. "We want her to do what' s best in both the short and long term, not only for her basketball career but for her quality of life." Briggs averaged 15.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals over

Briggs had a breakout sophomore season for the Gators in 2020-21, scoring 19.7 points per game en route to All-SEC Second Team honors. She became the first Florida player in five seasons to earn those accolades. Briggs — who missed the end of her sophomore campaign with a foot injury — has seen her three-point percentage fall more than eight percent from her freshman year, but she still brings proven scoring ability to College Park.

There was speculation that this move may have been coming, as Briggs was seen at Friday’s Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics contest with current Maryland sophomore forward/guard Angel Reese. Seemingly, that speculation has come to fruition with Briggs’ pledge to head coach Brenda Frese.

Along with top-100 high school recruits Mila Reynolds and Ava Sciolla, Briggs will join the Terps for the 2022-23 season. It is unclear when exactly Briggs will be cleared to play again, but she certainly brings more offense to a program that is full of it.

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