ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Shenise Johnson scored 18 points and No. 9 Miami beat Alaska-Anchorage 72-55 on Wednesday in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout.
The Hurricanes (3-1) shot just 27 percent in the first half against the Division II Seawolves (4-1). Johnson's 3-pointer just before the first-half buzzer gave Miami a 28-26 lead.
Miami cranked up the defensive pressure after halftime, forcing 18 second-half turnovers with a full-court press.
Maria Brown completed a three-point play with 12:43 remaining to give the Hurricanes a 45-35 lead. The Seawolves closed to 45-40 with 10:49 to go but could not get any closer.
Morgan Stroman and Riquna Williams each added 14 points for Miami.
No. 14 KENTUCKY 81, NEBRASKA OMAHA 48
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A'dia Mathies had 11 points, seven rebounds and eight steals in Kentucky's win over Nebraska Omaha.
The Wildcats (5-0) struggled early to separate themselves from Nebraska Omaha, consistently holding a one-possession lead well into the first half. With a 15-12 advantage, Kentucky's full-court press forced turnovers on five straight Mavericks possessions and the Wildcats scored 11 points on those opportunities.
After giving up a basket to Nebraska Omaha, the Wildcats then ran off another 15 straight points.
Kentucky forced the Mavericks into 42 turnovers. Wildcats opponents have committed at least 30 turnovers in every game this season.
Paige Frauendorfer led the Mavericks (2-2) with 12 points.