HAMPTON, Va. -- Tiffany Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points, and No. 1 South Carolina beat Hampton 69-49 on Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks (10-0) took command with a 19-5 first-half run and held a 29-9 rebounding edge at halftime, but they led by just 54-39 before scoring the next 12 points to put the game away. Bianca Cuevas started and finished the burst with a pair of 3-pointers, extending the lead to a comfortable 66-39.
Cuevas, Alaina Coates and A'Ja Wilson each added 12 points for South Carolina.
Malia Tate-DeFreitas led Hampton (3-6) with 19 points and Kyani White had 11. The Lady Pirates, winners of the last five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournaments, shot just 34.6 percent (18-52) and were outrebounded 48-21.
The game was tied at 14 with 12 minutes left in the first half before the Gamecocks pulled away.
Wilson scored six points and Mitchell had five in a 19-5 run that spanned nine minutes. Hampton missed 13 of 15 shots during the dry spell, with Tate-DeFreitas accounting for both made baskets.
Hampton trailed 37-25 at halftime, and was still in striking distance until the Gamecocks' 12-0 run late in the second half.