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No. 1 Gamecocks remain unbeaten

3246 days ago
Associated Press
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points, A'ja Wilson added 16 and top-ranked South Carolina remained unbeaten with a 77-42 victory at Florida on Monday night.

The Gamecocks (18-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) dominated every aspect of the game, taking a double-digit lead early, going up by 35 midway through the second half and coasting down the stretch.

Mitchell was the best player on the floor, making 8 of 10 shots, beating Florida up and down the floor constantly and finishing with four steals.

Wilson was solid, too. She made 7 of 11 shots and added nine rebounds.

Florida (9-10, 1-5) struggled from the start, missing 13 of its first 16 shots and playing little, if any, post or transition defense. South Carolina finished with 46 points in the paint and 14 on fast breaks.

Ronnie Williams led the Gators with 12 points before fouling out with 11:41 remaining.

Carlie Needles returned after missing the last two games because of a concussion, but was a non-factor. The guard missed her first five shots before finally finding the basket with about 2 minutes to play. She also had four turnovers.

The Gators, who lost their fourth straight, also played without Antoinette Bannister. The junior guard was dismissed from the team Friday after she was arrested for allegedly stealing a teammate's credit card and using it multiple times.

It's unlikely Bannister would have helped in this one.

South Carolina made 11 of its first 14 shots, getting just about any shot it wanted in the paint and forcing the Gators into mistakes all over the court.


South Carolina: Extended the program's longest winning streak. ... Won its sixth in a row against Florida, including three straight in Gainesville. ... Has now held 17 of 18 opponents to less than 40 percent shooting.

Florida: Fell to 0-11 all-time against top-ranked teams. ... Gators are 0-3 at home in SEC play. ... Former Florida coach Carol Ross was the SEC Network's color analyst for the broadcast.


South Carolina hosts Texas A&M next Monday.

Florida hosts Arkansas on Sunday.