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No. 1 South Carolina tops 100 points in rout

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A'ja Wilson scored 23 points and Elem Ibiam had 21 points, both career highs, as No. 1 South Carolina routed Savannah State 111-49 on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (9-0) broke 100 points for the first time in coach Dawn Staley's seven seasons and showed no rust from a week off for exams. Wilson's layup with 4:21 to go pushed the Gamecocks over the century mark.

Alaina Coates added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Tina Roy had 10 assists off the bench, another career best.

South Carolina shot 58.5 percent from the field and outrebounded Savannah State 56-21.

It was South Carolina's highest point total since beating North Carolina A&T 117-63 in November 2006. The Gamecocks scored 111 points despite hitting only one 3-pointer.

Savannah State (4-3) didn't look intimidated early. The Tigers had allowed fewer than 60 points in their last two games and posted their first win over a Southeastern Conference team with a 68-58 victory over Florida earlier this month.

Savannah State led 6-5 three minutes into the game. But then South Carolina freshman guard Bianca Cuevas sparked a 19-4 run with her offense and defense, and the rout was on.

South Carolina scored 60 points in the first half, its best half under Staley.

Ezinne Kalu led the Tigers with 15 points.


South Carolina: South Carolina has won all seven of its meetings with Savannah State by an average of 39 points. The closest game was a 19-point victory (52-33) in December 2010 -- Staley's third season.

Savannah State: The Tigers came in after a disappointing 59-52 loss to Bethune-Cookman in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams ... Savannah State went 10-6 in the MEAC last season, losing to Hampton in the conference tournament semifinals ... All five starters returned from last season's team.


South Carolina travels to Hampton on Wednesday.
Savannah State is at Auburn on Wednesday.