GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND - Florida earned its first win of the season, using a 35-7 run that began midway through the first half to secure a 77-38 victory over Akron on Saturday in the consolation game of the Junkanoo Jam at St. Georges High School.
Bernice Mosby had 14 points with 10 rebounds for her 11th career double double as 10 of the 11 Gators scored. Dalila Eshe added 13 points and nine rebounds, Sarah Lowe had 11 points and Briana Phillips scored a career-high 10 for Florida, which forced 35 turnovers and held the Zips to 26.5 shooting (13-of-49).
The Gators, who avoided tying their record-worst start of 0-3, had their second-largest victory margin under third-year coach Carolyn Peck and held an opponent to its fewest points since Dec. 20, 2000, when they beat Chicago State 79-30.
"Today we played the type of basketball that we're capable of playing," Peck said. "Everyone contributed, and it was a lot of fun. I thought it was very important that we not just win today, but that we play well and win. It was a great confidence booster. We played a solid second half and showed how good we can be."
Florida shot 55.9 percent (19-of-34) from the floor in the second half, 43.5 percent for the game, while holding a 47-36 rebounding edge. The Gators had 22 assists and 22 steals.
"We really picked up our defensive pressure and again Depree Bowden had a lot to do with our run," Peck said. "It got our momentum going and helped create scoring in transition. We got some easy baskets and it took pressure off our offense. Once our shots started falling, we started having fun."
USF 94, ST. FRANCIS 53: Nalini Miller had 22 points and Anedra Gilmore just missed a triple double with 15 points, nine assists and seven steals for the host Bulls in the first round of the Best Western Roundball Classic.
South Florida had its largest victory margin since it beat Morris Brown 124-54 on Nov. 30, 2001. The Bulls advance to the championship game at 2 p.m. today against Eastern Michigan.
UM 88, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 64: Yalonda McCormick scored 29 and Tamara James had 24 points and six rebounds for the Hurricanes in the consolation game of the LIU Turkey Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Miami erased an early deficit with a 28-8 run to take a 35-25 lead. Up 42-33 at the break, the Hurricanes dominated the second half making 20 steals and forcing 32 turnovers.
ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC ST. 61, ECKERD 47: Audosha Kelley had 14 points and nine rebounds for the visiting Pirates at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Classic. The Tritons lost their fourth in a row.
ROLLINS 65, FRANCIS MARION 56: Larissa McDonough had 17 points as the Tars pulled away in Jacksonville to give coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. his 400th career win.Top 25
NO. 2 LSU 75, COLORADO 44: Seimone Augustus had 15 points and six assists, and the Tigers used a smothering defense to overwhelm the host Buffaloes in the championship game of the Coors Classic.
Augustus finished 7-of-14 and scored in double figures for the 33rd straight game. LSU held Colorado to 24 percent shooting and kept the Buffaloes without a basket for 13 minutes.
NO. 5 UNC 63, NO. 24 VILLANOVA 56: Camille Little scored 13 to lead three players in double figures for the Tar Heels in the first game of the Rebel Shootout in Las Vegas.
After scoring 25 in the first half, North Carolina went on a 13-2 run to start the second and survived a late Wildcats surge.
NO. 10 DUKE 63, NO. 16 KANSAS ST. 51: Monique Currie had 25 points and eight rebounds to lead the Blue Devils in the Freeport Division championship game at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas.
NO. 11 OHIO ST. 80, YALE 43: Jessica Davenport had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead the host Buckeyes.
NO. 13 MICH. ST. 81, SANTA CLARA 59: Kelli Roehrig had 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans in the semifinals of the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu.
NO. 14 VANDY 76, SIENA 47: Ashley Earley scored 21 to lead the Commodores in the championship game of their Vanderbilt Tournament.
NO. 17 RUTGERS 75, UK 60: Michelle Campbell scored 17 to lead the Scarlet Knights in the Paradise Jam title game in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.
NO. 19 DePAUL 118, NU 49: Khara Smith and Jenni Dant scored 21 each and Jenna Rubino added 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the host Blue Demons over Northwestern.
NO. 20 BC 62, UMASS 47: Brooke Queenan scored 21 to lead the host Eagles. UMass, down 30-29 at halftime, trailed 38-37 after Tamara Tatham hit two free throws with 13:21 left. But Boston College's defense held UMass to three field goals the rest of the way.
IOWA 54, NO. 21 OU 47: Jamie Cavey scored seven of her 12 in the last eight minutes and Crystal Smith added 11 points and seven rebounds, leading the Hawkeyes in the Lucaya Division championship game of the Junkanoo Jam.
NO. 22 MARYLAND 76, PENN 56: Shay Doron and Crystal Langhorne had 16 points each to lead the Terrapins in the consolation game of the Coors Classic in Boulder, Colo.
NO. 25 ARIZONA 76, BYU 73: Dee-Dee Wheeler had 19 points, eight assists and four steals for the visiting Wildcats.