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RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN - Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, HI

No. 2 South Carolina edges No. 16 Arizona State

2367 days ago
Associated Press
Photo: Marco Garcia | AP

HONOLULU -- A'ja Wilson made two free throws with 0.6 seconds left to give No. 2 South Carolina a 60-58 victory over No. 16 Arizona State on Friday in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Wilson and Bianca Cuevas each scored 18 points for the Gamecocks (5-0).

Arizona State (1-2) took a 58-56 lead on Katie Hempen's 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:17 remaining. Alaina Coates got a putback on South Carolina's next possession to tie it with just under a minute to play.

The Sun Devils had a chance to take the lead, but Hempen missed a 3-pointer and the Gamecocks got the ball back with 8.3 seconds left and advanced it to mid-court with a timeout.

Wilson grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds before drawing a foul just before the final buzzer and made both of her free throws. Arizona State inbounded the ball, but was unable to get a final shot off.

Hempen had 12 points -- all coming on 3-pointers -- and Elisha Davis added 10 for the Sun Devils.

Wilson, who earned All-America honors as a freshman last season, was 8 of 11 from the field and also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina's other All-American and two-time Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, was held to six points on 2-of-7 shooting.

Cuevas, a sophomore guard, scored 11 points the second half.

The Gamecocks shot 29 percent (5 of 17) on field goals in the first quarter, but made 46 percent (19 of 41) of their shots the rest of the way to overcome a 17-14 deficit after the opening quarter.

Meanwhile, the Sun Devils went the other way, making 14 of their final 45 field-goal attempts (31 percent) after shooting at a 44 percent clip (7 of 16) in the first quarter.

South Carolina dominated the post, outscoring Arizona State 42-16 on points in the paint.

There were 10 ties and 11 lead changes.

It was the Gamecocks' second win over a ranked opponent this season. They opened the with an 88-80 win over No. 6 Ohio State on Nov. 13. South Carolina had a school-record 10 wins over ranked opponents last season.South Carolina will play Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.