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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Cassie Peoples scored 21 points and all five Florida starters scored in double figures, leading the Gators past Dayton 83-69 Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.
The 11th-seeded Gators (20-12) will play Penn State on Tuesday night in the Stanford Regional.
In a first round full of lopsided scores, the Gators pulled off a rare upset by a double-digit seed. Jaterra Bonds and Ronni Williams each had 15 points for Florida.
Andrea Hoover led the Flyers (23-8) with 22 points and Celeste Edwards scored 15 points. Hoover and Edwards helped the Flyers storm to a 15-point lead in the second before Florida started to rally.
The Gators shot at close to a 50-percent mark for most of the second half to wipe out the deficit and stun Dayton.