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Wilson's 28 points lead No. 2 South Carolina over Duke

2359 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A'ja Wilson scored a career-high 28 points and had 11 rebounds to lead No. 2 South Carolina to a 66-55 win over No. 14 Duke on Sunday.

Wilson won last year's game over the Blue Devils with a last second putback. This year, she smiled as she hit a bucket with 1.6 seconds left that gave the sophomore her career best.

The Blue Devils never led in the first half, but finally broke through in the third quarter, stretching a lead to 36-31.

That's when Wilson started pushing inside. She had a three-point play, then drew shooting fouls her next two possessions, sinking all four foul shots for South Carolina (8-0).

It was Wilson's fifth double-double of the season, but her first in three games.

Kyra Lambert led Duke (7-2) with a career-high 16 points. Azura Stevens added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Duke made one more push to lead 50-49 midway through the fourth quarter, but reigning Southeastern Conference MVP Tiffany Mitchell shook off a horrible game to draw a foul and make both free throws. Alaina Coats, who scored 10 of South Carolina's first 18 points, added six points as the Gamecocks finished on a 17-5 run.

Coates finished with 16 points, while Mitchell had 12 and shot just 3 of 13 from the field.

South Carolina shot 28 free throws but Duke went to the line just 13 times in a physical, punishing game that included technicals called on Blue Devils coach Joanne P. McCallie and freshman Angela Salvadores.

The 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena was nearly sold out for the team that leads the nation in attendance and has won 37 in a row at home, and the fans made it feel more like a late-season Southeastern Conference game.

South Carolina never trailed in the first half.


Duke: McCallie got her technical foul late in the second quarter after Duke was called for its sixth foul of the quarter. South Carolina had just one foul in the second quarter. ... Rebecca Greenwell's turnover gave South Carolina the ball last season, then Wilson's putback gave the Gamecocks a 51-50 win. Greenwell struggled Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-9 shooting with three turnovers.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks remain the only major college whose men's and women's basketball teams are undefeated. South Carolina's men are 8-0. ... South Carolina's last loss at home was 50-48 to Texas A&M in February 2013. The Gamecocks miss Tennessee and Mississippi State, the two highest ranked SEC teams, but do face No. 1 Connecticut on Feb. 8 at the Colonial Life Center. ... South Carolina never trailed in the first half, but never led by more than eight.


Duke: The Blue Devils host Massachusetts on Dec. 14.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks host Winthrop on Dec. 13.