By Tom Zebold
USF Senior Writer
Jasmine Wynne led four USF players in double figures with 21 points, but the USF women's basketball team failed to keep up with No. 9 Miami in a 92-72 loss in championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thursday night.
Wynne added six assists and four rebounds, while Kaneisha Saunders finished with 11 points and five assists. Saunders made the all-tournament team after tying a career high with 23 points in a win over Central Michigan on Wednesday.
Despite Thursday's loss, head coach Jose Fernandez and the Bulls were thankful for the trip to Anchorage and two good games.
"I think it's a good opportunity for our kids to come and see a beautiful part of the country and play a top-10 program," Fernandez said.
USF stayed with Miami for a good part of the first half until the Hurricanes went on a big run after about 10 minutes and grabbed a 44-lead at the break.
"What's disappointing is in the first half we let it get to 12," head coach Jose Fernandez said.
Miami (4-1) pulled away in the opening moments of the second half when it went on an 18-2 run.
"Two 3 ½ minute runs hurt us in this game. We didn't play 40 minutes," Fernandez said.
Andrell Smith and Akila McDonald each scored 10 points for the Bulls, who fell to 4-3.
The Bulls will look to get back on track at home 7 p.m. Monday against Stetson at the USF Recreation Center.