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No. 2 South Carolina tops Hampton to move to 10-0

2353 days ago
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alaina Coates had 22 points and 12 rebounds and No. 2 South Carolina beat Hampton 86-48 on Wednesday night for its fourth straight 10-0 start.

Coates was coming off her first-ever triple double -- and the program's first since 2006 -- against Winthrop with 29 points, 16 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocked shots. This time, Coates settled for her fourth double-double of the season and 26th overall to put away the Lady Pirates (1-8).

The 6-foot-4 Coates made eight of her 11 shots. When she wasn't scoring underneath, Coates was sent to the foul line and hit six of nine attempts.

Malia Tate-DeFreitas had 14 points to lead Hampton.

It was the second straight game South Carolina played without leading scorer A'ja Wilson, resting because of shin splints.

Virginia transfer Sarah Imovbioh had a season-high 19 points, and Tiffany Mitchell added 17 for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina put things away with 12 straight points in the second period to build a 17-point lead that the Lady Pirates could not cut into.

South Carolina is in the less challenging part of its schedule after opening with three ranked opponents in its first eight games.

The Gamecocks had a 49-point win over Winthrop on Sunday and Hampton came in having lost five of their first six road games -- four by 20 points of more -- this season.

Still, the smaller Lady Pirates proved difficult to overcome early on.

Despite going 0-for-4 shooting and committing three turnovers to fall behind 8-0 in the game's first four minutes, Hampton rallied to trail 16-11 on Tate-DeFreitas' second quarter jumper

That's when South Carolina scored 12 straight points to gain control.

Khadijah Sessions began the run with a basket, Kaydra Duckett hit the Gamecocks' only 3-pointer of the half, and Coates had two inside baskets, the last making it 28-11 with 3:40 left in the half.

Mitchell, the two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year, struggled in the first two quarters, missing all seven of her shots. She recovered in the second half, making all four of her field goals.


South Carolina: Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley was named the co-national coach of the year by USA Basketball for leading the American team to gold at the FIBA Women's U19 World Championship last July. She shared the honor with Sean Miller, the Arizona coach who led the men's team to the same title. Staley is the first person to have won a USA Basketball coach and athlete of the year award.


South Carolina faces East Carolina on Sunday in Myrtle Beach.