Women's Basketball: Miami claims title in Alaska

2011-11-25T00:00:00Z 2014-05-05T19:00:55Z Women's Basketball: Miami claims title in AlaskaThe Associated Press The Associated Press
November 25, 2011 12:00 am  • 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Riquna Williams scored 17 points and No. 9 Miami beat South Florida 92-72 in the final of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday.

Shenise Johnson added 11 points and nine rebounds for the Hurricanes (4-1). Sylvia Bullock, a Miami forward playing in her hometown of Anchorage, scored 10 points.

"We definitely came out here for reasons, one of those was to bring Sylvia home," Miami coach Katie Meier said. "We have five opportunities to win championships this year, there's four to go."

Jasmine Wynne led South Florida (4-3) with 21 points. Kaneisha Saunders added 11 points for the Bulls, and Akila McDonald and Andrell Smith had 10 apiece.

Miami led 44-32 at the break, and blew the game open early in the second half.

The Hurricanes went on a 24-7 run during the first 9 minutes to put away the Bulls (4-3).

It's the second straight game Miami has come out strong in the second half.

"The biggest growth has been our team's performance in the second half," Meier said.

Division II Alaska Anchorage had Miami bottled up in the tournament's first game before a similar strong second-half run.

Meier attributes it to the Hurricanes' strong bench.

"We're not exhausted at halftime," she said.

South Florida was down 75-46 with 8:30 left, but a scrappy performance by the Bulls made the final score a little more respectable, South Florida coach Jose Fernandez said.

"If a game is out of reach, you need to win a game within a game, and I think we did that," he said.

• No. 15 Purdue 61, Tulane 48: In Cancun, Mexico, Brittany Rayburn scored 20 points and K.K. Houser added 15 to help Purdue beat Tulane in the Cancun Challenge.

Sam Ostarello added nine points and 10 rebounds for Purdue (5-0). The Boilermakers will face Kansas State today.

• Oregon 88, Weber State 73: In Eugene, Ore., Amanda Johnson had her fifth straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over Weber State.

Nia Jackson added 16 points while Jasmin Holliday and Danielle Love each had 13 for the Ducks (4-0), who led 46-32 at the half.

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