|Florida Gators women's basketball|
|University||University of Florida|
|Head coach||Kelly Rae Finley (1st season)|
|Arena|| Exactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center |
(Capacity: 10,136 )
|Student section||Orange and Blue Crew|
|Colors||Orange and blue |
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|NCAA Tournament Second round|
|1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009, 2012, 2014|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2022|
The Florida Gators women's basketball team represents the University of Florida in the sport of basketball. The Gators compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators play their home games at the O'Connell Center located on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Kelly Rae Finley, following the resignation of Cameron Newbauer.The Gators have appeared in 15 NCAA tournaments, with a record of 12-15.
Women's basketball was approved as a sport by University of Florida in March 1972, and began play in 1973 as a club team. In 1975, the Gators debuted as a varsity program under head coach Paula Welch. They made local headlines in 1976 by winning the "state championship" by beating the other three women's teams in the state at that time.
While historically overshadowed by divisional (and national) basketball powers Tennessee and Georgia, the Gators have made several NCAA tournament appearances and sent players to the WNBA, such as DeLisha Milton-Jones. The winningest coach at Florida is Carol Ross, who guided the team for twelve seasons but left Florida to coach the women's basketball team at her alma mater, Ole Miss.
Florida's women's team was coached by Carolyn Peck, a former WNBA coach who won a national title with Purdue, from 2002 to 2007. Peck was fired midway through the 2006–2007 season (though she was allowed to finish out the season), after enduring the worst losing streak of any Gator sports program.
Former University of Florida player and previous Charlotte coach Amanda Butler was named the new women's basketball coach on April 13, 2007, and remained in that position until 2017.
On March 27, 2017, Cameron Newbauer was announced as the 10th head coach of the University of Florida women's basketball program.
|2021–22 Florida Gators women's basketball team|
Conference tournament winners noted with # Source
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Paula Welch (Independent)(1974–1976)|
|1975–76||Paula Welch||16–8||–||AIAW Region III|
|Cathy Davis (Independent)(1976–1979)|
|1976–77||Cathy Davis||12–10||–||AIAW Region III|
|1978–79||Cathy Davis||12–15||–||AIAW Region III|
|Mickie DeMoss (Independent, SEC)(1979–1983)|
|1979–80||Mickie DeMoss||10–19||–||AIAW Region III|
|1982–83||Mickie DeMoss||11–16||1–7||5th East|
|Debbie Yow (SEC)(1983–1985)|
|1983–84||Debbie Yow||19–9||2–6||5th East|
|1984–85||Debbie Yow||22–9||4–4||T–2nd East||NWIT Second Place|
|Carol Whitmire (SEC)(1985–1990)|
|Lea Henry (SEC)(1990–1990)|
|Carol Ross (SEC)(1990–2002)|
|1992–93||Carol Ross||19–10||6–5||T–4th||NCAA Play-In|
|1993–94||Carol Ross||22–7||8–3||3rd||NCAA First Round||25||20|
|1994–95||Carol Ross||24–9||7–4||T–4th||NCAA Second Round||18||17|
|1995–96||Carol Ross||21–9||6–5||T–5th||NCAA First Round||22||16|
|1996–97||Carol Ross||24–9||9–3||T–3rd||NCAA Elite Eight||6||7|
|1997–98||Carol Ross||23–9||10–4||T–2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||12||13|
|1998–99||Carol Ross||19–14||6–8||T–8th||NCAA First Round|
|1999–2000||Carol Ross||21–13||6–8||T–6th||WNIT Finals|
|2000–01||Carol Ross||24–6||11–3||T–2nd||NCAA Second Round||18||14|
|2001–02||Carol Ross||18–11||8–6||T–4th||NCAA First Round||24|
|Carolyn Peck (SEC)(2002–2007)|
|2003–04||Carolyn Peck||19–11||8–6||T–4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2004–05||Carolyn Peck||14–15||5–9||8th||WNIT First Round|
|2005–06||Carolyn Peck||21–9||8–6||T–5th||NCAA First Round|
|Amanda Butler (SEC)(2007–2017)|
|2007–08||Amanda Butler||19–14||6–8||T–7th||WNIT Third Round|
|2008–09||Amanda Butler||24–8||9–5||T4th||NCAA Second Round||23||22|
|2009–10||Amanda Butler||15–17||7–9||T–7th||WNIT Second Round|
|2010–11||Amanda Butler||20–15||7–9||8th||WNIT Third Round|
|2011–12||Amanda Butler||20–13||8–8||8th||NCAA Second Round|
|2012–13||Amanda Butler||22–15||6–10||T–8th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2013–14||Amanda Butler||20–13||8–8||5th||NCAA Second round|
|2015–16||Amanda Butler||22–8||10–6||T–4th||NCAA First Round|
|Cameron Newbauer (SEC)(2017–2021)|
|2020–21||Cameron Newbauer||12–14||3–11||11th||WNIT Second Round|
|Kelly Rae Finley (SEC)(2021–Present)|
|2021-22||Kelly Rae Finley||20-9||10-6||5th||23||21|
|Kelly Rae Finley:||20-9||10-6|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|#7 Bowling Green|
|1994||#4||First Round||#13 Texas A&M||L 76-78|
|1996||#5||First Round||#12 San Francisco||L 61-68|
#2 Louisiana Tech
#1 Old Dominion
#11 Virginia Tech
|1999||#11||First Round||#6 Arizona||L 84-87 (OT)|
|#14 Holy Cross|
|2002||#6||First Round||#11 BYU||L 52-90|
|#12 New Mexico|
|2006||#6||First Round||#11 New Mexico||L 59-83|
|#8 Ohio State|
#3 Penn State
|2016||#5||First Round||#12 Albany||L 59-61|
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