Huskies swarm Gamecocks to win battle of unbeatens

uscwhoops-23No. 2 South Carolina mounted a fourth-quarter rally, but it was not enough to overcome tough shooting in the first quarter of each half as the Gamecocks fell to No. 1 UConn 66-54 Monday night in front of a sold-out Colonial Life Arena.

South Carolina (22-1, 10-0 SEC) senior forward Sarah Imovbioh tallied 13 point and eight rebounds, largely in the second half, and the Gamecock defense held the Huskies (23-0, 12-0 AA) to their lowest scoring and field goal percentage of the season.

South Carolina suffered a slow offensive start that allowed UConn to build a double-digit lead early in the second quarter. The Gamecocks headed into halftime with a 10-point deficit after playing without A’ja Wilson for the final four minutes of the third quarter due to injury.

The Huskies extended their lead in the third quarter with Wilson still out of the game, but her return late in the period got the South Carolina offense back on track. After South Carolina cut the UConn lead to 13 early in the third quarter, the Huskies responded with a 7-0 run to push their advantage to 51-31 with 2:42 left in the period.

Monday’s loss snapped South Carolina’s nation-best 45-game home winning streak, and extended UConn’s winning streak to 60.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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