Lady Gamecocks put record beating on rival Clemson

uscwhoops-33blockNo. 2/3 South Carolina used defense to get its offense going early in a 99-41 win over Clemson at Colonial Life Arena in front of 11,012 fans tonight. The Gamecocks (2-0) hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range to help loosen the interior defense, which led to 46 points in the paint, in the most lop-sided victory in the history of the in-state rivalry. Six Gamecocks scored in double figures, led by A’ja Wilson’s 18 points, and Alaina Coates posted her second double-double in as many games.

The Tigers were on the scoreboard early, but the Gamecocks’ offense got on track three minutes into the game with a Tiffany Mitchell 3-pointer that sparked at 19-3 run. South Carolina forced five Clemson turnovers in the spurt and turned them into easy points on the other end. Four different Gamecocks scored during the run with Khadijah Sessions burying a 3, Wilson hitting a pair of inside buckets, Aleighsa Welch putting in a transition layup and Bianca Cuevas hitting a jumper to cap the surge and put the Gamecocks up 19-7 with 11:09 to go in the half.

With the Gamecocks dominating the glass and the outside game clicking, the lead stretched to 45-21 by halftime with Wilson leading the way with 10 points for South Carolina.

The second half opened much like the first with Mitchell draining a 3-pointer that kicked off a 22-6 run that put the game out of reach for the Tigers. Coates was especially aggressive in the second half, scoring 10 of her 12 points and seven of her 10 rebounds in the period. Freshman Jatarie White also played well in the final stanz, netting nine of her 11 points in her nine minutes during the half.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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