Lady Gamecocks rout No. 18 Tar Heels to end losing skid

The tide officially turned in the North Carolina-South Carolina women’s basketball rivalry on Sunday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Lady Gamecocks (9-2) snapped a four-game losing streak to the 18th-ranked Lady Tar Heels (7-2) by scoring a convincing 79-48 victory in the Carolinas Challenge.

South Carolina shot a sizzling 58 percent from the field in the first half, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, to build a 50-27 halftime lead.

The Lady Gamecocks held on in the second half to give third-year coach Dawn Staley her first victory over the border rival Lady Tar Heels.

South Carolina scored its first win in the rivalry since 2011, but North Carolina leads the all-time series 9-7.

South Carolina’s La’Keisha Sutton scored a game-high 21 points and Markeshia Grant added 20 to lead the Lady Gamecocks. Aleighsa Welch came off the bench to score 10 points and pull down a game-high six rebounds.

North Carolina shot just 35 percent for the game and was led by Chay Sheogg’s 17 points. Candace Wood added 14 for the Lady Tar Heels, who return to the MBCC on Tuesday to face East Carolina , which scored a 70-64 win over Jacksonville State in the first game of the Carolinas Challenge on Sunday.

 

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