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South Carolina picks up 48-point victory

2380 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A'ja Wilson had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks to lead another dominant showing by No. 2 South Carolina's inside players in a 92-44 victory over UNC Greensboro on Sunday.

Wilson and Alaina Coates each had double-doubles as the Gamecocks (2-0) wore down No. 6 Ohio State on Friday night. This time, Virginia transfer Sarah Imovbioh had 14 points and 11 rebounds while Coates added 12 points and seven boards to run past the much smaller Spartans (1-1).

South Carolina put the game away early with a 30-6 run spanning the first and second quarters to turn a tight game into a blowout.

Lucy Mason was UNC Greensboro's only double-figure scorer with 20 points.

Wilson did just about everything around the basket for the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-5 sophomore was even called on to tip free a basketball wedged between the rim and the backboard while the crowd cheered.

It was Wilson's seventh career game with double-figure points and rebounds.

While South Carolina is filled with accomplished players from last year's Final Four team, the biggest talents may have been on the sidelines with two of the most honored players in Virginia history leading these teams.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was a two-time ACC player of the year with the Lady Cavaliers from 1989-92 while UNC Greensboro coach Wendy Palmer also won ACC honors twice in her college career playing at Virginia from 1993-96.

Staley's more experienced, taller team quickly turned a close game into a rout. Shanese Harris hit a 3-pointer with 3:44 left in the first quarter to draw the Spartans within 13-12.

That's when the Gamecocks took off on a 30-6 run to put things away. Mitchell started things with a 3-pointer while Asia Dozier and Bianca Cuevas added 3s of their own. Then Wilson took over, scoring eight straight points.

By the time Wilson hit a foul shot midway through the second quarter, South Carolina was up 43-18 and cruising. The Gamecocks eventually led by 51 points late in the fourth quarter.

Two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell and Cuevas had 10 points each, giving the Gamecocks five players in double figures.


UNC Greensboro: The Spartans hadn't played a Top 25 opponent since No. 23 Florida State in December 2013 and had not faced one in the top five since taking on No. 3 Ohio State in November 2009.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks used their second different starting lineup in as many games with forward Alaina Coates moving into the first five after coming off the bench against Ohio State. The 6-foot-4 Coates finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds in beating the Buckeyes.


UNC Greensboro plays NCAA Division II Francis Marion on Wednesday night.

South Carolina goes to rival Clemson on Wednesday night.