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USF women’s hoops cruises past North Florida

Posted Nov 15, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Kaneisha Saunders had 14 points to lead three USF players in double figures, and the Bulls women’s basketball team cruised to a 76-41 victory over North Florida in its home opener Tuesday night at the campus recreation center.

USF (2-2) had a commanding 41-16 lead at halftime after shooting 45 percent from the field (16-for-35) and 48 percent from 3-point range (7-for-15) while limiting the Ospreys (0-2) to just seven field goals and forcing 11 turnovers.

“I think what we did was came out and set the tone defensively early, and I think that fed our early offense and our transition,” Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said.

Saunders, who finished 6-for-7 from the field, scored 10 consecutive USF points at one stretch in the second half. Tiffany Conner had 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench and Andrell Smith added 10 points for the Bulls, who had seven players score at least six points.

“With a game like this you just want to get everybody involved, get their confidence up, so when tougher teams come everybody knows what to do when the time is right,” Saunders said.

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