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No. 2 South Carolina rolls past Winthrop

1016 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alaina Coates scored a career-best 29 points, pulled down 16 rebounds and set a school record with 10 blocks to lead No. 2 South Carolina to an 86-37 win over Winthrop on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (9-0) never trailed, scoring 14 straight points after Winthrop (2-7) tied the game at 2-2.

The Eagles couldn't handle South Carolina's size. The four 6-footers for the Gamecocks -- Coates, Asia Dozier, Jatarie White and Sarah Imovbioh -- shot a combined 21 of 24 and scored 49 points.

Coates had South Carolina's first triple-double since 2006.

Erica Williams scored 10 points for Winthrop, barely extending her 23-game double figures streak.

South Carolina star forward A'ja Wilson didn't play. The sophomore was resting nagging injuries on doctor's orders.

The Gamecocks have started 9-0 for the fourth straight season. South Carolina did that only twice before coach Dawn Staley arrived in 2008.

The mismatch gave Staley a chance to experiment. The Gamecocks played zone for much of the second half and put unusual lineups on the court.

Tiffany Mitchell, last season's Southeastern Conference player of the year, scored 12 points, playing only 22 minutes in the blowout.

Sunday was first game Wilson has missed in her South Carolina career. She is the team's leading scorer, averaging 18 points and nine rebounds, and has been the SEC's player of the week three of four times this season.

TIPS-INS

Winthrop: Senior center and all-Big South center Schaquilla Nunn is out for the season for the Eagles with a broken foot. She averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds last season. ... Winthrop has finished third in the Big South three years in a row, winning the conference tournament in 2014.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have won 38 straight games at home, the second longest streak in the nation. ... Sunday's game against Winthrop was the second of six in the state of South Carolina for the Gamecocks, who played five of their first seven on the road. ... Three of South Carolina's first eight opponents were ranked. The Gamecocks don't play a Top 25 team again until they go to No. 8 Kentucky on Jan. 14.

UP NEXT

Winthrop is at Auburn on Wednesday.

South Carolina hosts Hampton on Wednesday.