TWO BITS: women’s basketball, Frazier, Strong

By Adam Silverstein
December 22, 2010

1 » Participating in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center-hosted Gator Holiday Classic, Florida Gators women’s basketball (10-3) defeated the Alabama State Hornets (2-7) and Robert Morris Colonials (4-6) in consecutive days to capture the tournament title. Florida’s freshman guard Brittany Shine was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Performer after accounting for 47 points and 10 assists in a two-game span. Also honored after the event was freshman G Jattera Bonds, who scored 16 points and notched 12 assists to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. The Gators dominated the Hornets 95-38 on Monday and took it to the Colonials 70-50 on Tuesday.

3 » With Florida basketball struggling already this season, there is plenty of anticipation from fans to see 2011 five-star shooting guard Brad Beal (St. Louis, MO) burst on the scene next season. While Beal is expected to be the next great player to step foot in the O’Connell Center, 2012 four-star SG Michael Frazier (Tampa, FL) – also a Gators commitment – is making a name for himself during his junior season. Frazier posted 45 points in the Bright House Networks Tournament Championship game on Tuesday, leading his team to a 71-69 victory while earning MVP honors. He scored 110 total points in three games in the tournament including 40 in the semifinal game.

Extra BIT » Former Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, currently in his first season as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals, led his team to victory in the 2010 Beef O’ Brady’s Bowl on Tuesday night in St. Petersburg, FL. Strong’s Cardinals defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles and head coach Larry Fedora, a former offensive coordinator of the Gators. Louisville’s victory marked the team’s seventh bowl game win since it started playing football in 1912 and capped an inaugural season in which Strong posted a 7-6 record. The Cardinals finished 4-8 in 2009.


  1. G8TRKYLE says:

    Love Charlie Strong, and so glad to see him get that win last night, which was a pretty freakin’ good game considering it is the St. Pete Bowl.

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Nice job Chuck. Congrats.

    I thought when he got a HC gig he would stop looking out of the corners of his eyes like that.

  3. g8ter27 says:

    Well good for Addazio! Glad he did it and best of luck to him!

  4. Gatorbuc15 says:

    Congratulations Charlie! Really glad to see his first year at Louisville start out well.

  5. Wingtee says:

    Thanks Charlie for stealing half our staff .

  6. Joe says:

    I hope Beal and Frazier stick with their commitments. After
    watching this team struggle against very weak competation, I really
    wouldn’t blame them if they pull a Rivers and go to a an elite
    basketball program elsewhere.

  7. Love Charlie Strong, and so glad to see him get that win
    last night, which was a pretty freakin’ good game considering it is
    the St. Pete Bowl.

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