No. 9 Canes Topple South Florida 92-72
Nov. 24, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)– Riquna Williams scored 17 points and No. 9 Miami beat South Florida 92-72 in the final of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday night.
“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. “I was disappointed we gave up as many points as we did. We didn’t play defense particularly well here in Alaska.”
Central Michigan beat Alaska Anchorage 90-84 in overtime in the third-place game.
POST GAME NOTES
2011 CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
WHAT A GAME
Her 11 points gave increased her double-digit scoring streak to 76 straight contests – far and away the most in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM
Bullock’s sister Beatrice helped Iowa to the Shootout title in 2001. Her brother Peter, meanwhile, played in four Shootouts during his career with UAA (2000-03).
Bullock finished the championship game with 10 points and was a perfect three-of-three from the field.