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UF Women’s Basketball: Jordyn Merritt Tabbed SEC Freshman of the Week

Jordyn Merritt, a five-star recruit, has really upped her game for the Gators.
Photo By: Isabella Marley

Courtesy of University Athletic Association

BY SAM STOLTE

First-year women’s basketball player Jordyn Merritt scored 12 points at Missouri

Florida women’s basketball forward Jordyn Merritt has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday afternoon.
 
Merritt, who has started Florida’s last four games, put together one of the best performances of her young career Sunday at Missouri as she tallied 12 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes. The rookie from Texas set a new career high with her nine rebounds against the Tigers and posted her second double-digit scoring game of the season.
 
Taking on an elevated role in Florida’s most recent matchups, Merritt has played 30 or more minutes in three of the Gators’ last four contests.
 
Merritt is one of six underclassmen on UF’s roster, a group that accounts for 60 percent of the team’s scoring. The 6-foot-3 forward ranks top 10 among SEC freshmen in scoring, minutes played, and rebounding.  

Against Alabama in UF’s Thursday night matchup last week, Merritt collected six rebounds, grabbing five or more boards for the eighth time.

For the week, she averaged 7.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists.
  
Merritt and the Gators return to game action Sunday, Feb. 28 when they host No. 17 Georgia for Senior Day at Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Tipoff is slated 1 p.m. ET and the contest will air nationally on ESPNU.