Canes Cruise in Opener

Freshman Tamara James (Dania, Fla.) scored 20 points and grabbed 21 rebounds to lead the Miami women's basketball team to a 60-49 victory over South Florida in the season opener Friday night.

The Hurricanes improve to 1-0 on the season and 27-11 all-time versus the Bulls (0-1).

Senior Alicia Hartlaub (Schaefferstown, Pa.) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Melissa Knight (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored 10 points and added seven rebounds off the bench.

Miami jumped out early with a 12-4 run to start the game and led by 18 points with just under three minutes remaining in the first half.

The Bulls went on a 14-0 run over the last three minutes and trailed by only four points at the half (32-28).

South Florida tied the game (36-36) with 16 minutes remaining in the second half on a made jumper by Jameelah Trimble.

The Bulls took a one-point lead as Sonia Cotton hit a free-throw with less than 14 minutes remaining in the game.

The teams traded baskets until Miami pulled away with the lead within the last five minutes.

The Hurricanes ended the game on a 6-0 run to seal the 11-point win over the Bulls.

Miami played without junior forwards Chanivia Broussard and Shaquana Wilkins. The duo had to sit out the game for violation of team policy dating back to last spring. Aiya Shepard led the Bulls with 16 points. Sophomore Yalonda McCormick (Miami, Fla.) scored nine points and dished out six assists.

The Hurricanes turned the ball over 30 times and shot just 36% from the field. The Bulls shot a dismal 29% from the field and turned the ball over 24 times.

The Hurricanes return to action Monday night at 7 p.m. hosting Morris-Brown.

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