Hurricanes cruise to title; UAA has to settle for fourth

They came to the Shootout as the favorites and left Anchorage with the hardware to solidify that pretense.

It was the Miami Hurricanes running away with a 92-72 win over the South Florida Bulls to win the 2011 Women’s Great Alaska Shootout at the Sullivan Arena.

Miami, the ninth ranked team in the land, was down in the early stages of the first half but would never look back once they had the lead. In the second half, they outscored the Bulls 48-40 to put this game to bed early.

Leading the way for UM was Player of the Game Riquna Williams. The senior guard finished the game with 17 points to go along with six assists. Also living up to her billings as one of the elite players in the nation, senior guard Shenise Johnson flirted with a triple-double with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists en route to claiming the Most Outstanding Player award for the tournament.

Also pitching in with strong showings for the ‘Canes was junior guard Stefanie Yderstrom (nine points, three assists) and senior forward and Anchorage native Sylvia Bullock (10 points, four boards, two blocks).

USF got plenty of production from their starters but only got 12 points from their bench. Meanwhile, Miami finished with 39 points from their reserves.

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Leading the Bulls statically was senior guard Jasmine Wynne. She finished up with a game-high 21 points and team-highs of six rebounds and six assists.

USF also got production from junior guard Kaneisha Saunders (11 points, five assists) and junior guard Andrell Smith and sophomore center Akila McDonald (10 points, four rebounds apiece).

The Hurricanes shot a sensational 48.6 percent in the game on 34 of 70 shooting. They also connected on 6 of their 11 shots from beyond the arc. They also were able to win the battle on the glass by outrebounding the Bulls 46-34 in the game.

USF finished shooting 39.7 percent on 27 of 68 shooting including 2 of 8 from long range.

 

3rd/4th Place Game

 

No shortage of thrills and heartbreak from the Women’s Consolation Game as the Central Michigan Chippewas came back to force overtime and take a eventual 90-84 decision over the host UAA Seawolves.

CMU, playing the second overtime game in as many days, forced overtime after a three-pointer from junior guard Brandie Baker with 17 seconds left in regulation. The Chippewas battled back from being down as many as 10 points to the ‘Wolves in the second half.

CMU was led by Baker who finished with 14 points to go along with four rebounds and five helpers in the victory. Also scoring in double figures was freshman guards Jessica Green (11 points, six rebounds), Kerby Tamm (12 points, five rebounds, four assists) and Crystal Bradford (13 points, five boards) and freshman forward Jas’Mine Bracey (13 points, team-high nine rebounds).

Player of the Game honors went to UAA senior forward Kaylie Robison. The Sandy, UT native had game-highs of 22 points and 16 rebounds in the loss. Robison, a All-Shootout Team pick, had double-double efforts in both UAA games in the tournament and has averaged 10.2 points and 10.8 rebounds in UAA’s first six games of the season.

Fellow senior forward Hanna Johansson was also stellar with 20 points and nine rebounds narrowly missing out on a double double of her own. Junior guard Bruna Deichmann pitched in with 10 points and seven assists.

This marks the first time UAA has not won a Shootout game under sixth year Head Coach Tim Moser. Even in defeat, Moser has to be happy with his team’s effort in the tourney against the pair of D-I opponents.

In overtime, CMU used back-to-back three pointers from Tamm to put the game out of reach. UAA made attempts but were unable to get the defensive stops they needed. CMU also was clutch from the free throw line to keep the game in hand.

Both teams were neck in neck on the stat sheet. UAA held a slight edge in rebounds (50-46) while CMU committed less turnovers (15-18) than the home team.

CMU shot 41.3 percent from the field on the night as well as 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.0 percent from the charity stripe. UAA finished shooting 38.7 on the afternoon while draining just 25.0 percent from three-point land