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RAINBOW WAHINE SHOWDOWN - Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, HI

No. 2 South Carolina beats Cal State Bakersfield 90-71

2367 days ago
Associated Press
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HONOLULU -- A'ja Wilson matched her career high with 26 points to help No. 2 South Carolina beat Cal State Bakersfield 90-71 on Saturday in the Rainbow Wahine Classic.

Wilson was 10 of 14 from the field and made 6 of 9 free throws. She also had eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks.

Bianca Cuevas added a season-high 20 points and had six assists, and Tiffany Mitchell finished with 13 points for the Gamecocks (6-0). They shot 55 percent from the field.

Batabe Zempare led the Roadrunners (1-4) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Alyssa Shnnon added 11 points and five assists, and Erika Williams had 10 points and four assists.

Cal State Bakersfield was 8 of 18 on 3-pointers and 13 of 15 from the line.

South Carolina led 45-37 at the half.

The Roadrunners trailed 27-14 after the first quarter, but got twice got within four points in the third quarter on a runner by Alyssa Shannon at the 8:12 mark and again on a floater by Williams with 6:35 left in the period.

Shay Colley scored on three straight South Carolina possessions near the end of the third to stretch the lead back to 59-50.

Cal State Bakersfield cut it to 66-61 on Dajy Vine's basket off an assist from Shannon, but South Carolina scored on seven of its next nine possessions to make it 77-63.

The Gamecocks closed out the game on a 10-2 run.

The Roadrunners were whistled for 27 fouls to just 12 for South Carolina.

It was the first meeting between the schools.


Cal State Bakersfield: The Roadrunners shot 10 of 27 from the field (37 percent) in the first and fourth quarters, where they were outscored 43-28, but were 15 of 31 (48 percent) in the second and third quarters, where they outscored the Gamecocks 43-37.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks shot a woeful 55 percent (17 of 31) from the free-throw line for the game, but were 6 of 8 in the final quarter. They made their first six attempts.


Cal State Bakersfield will play No. 16 Arizona State on Sunday.

South Carolina will face tournament host Hawaii on Sunday.