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Gamecocks stay unbeaten with win over Aggies

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Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A'ja Wilson scored 27 points and Tiffany Mitchell added 20 as No. 2 South Carolina stayed unbeaten by holding on for a 70-63 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M on Sunday night.

The game was tied 54-54 with 7:42 remaining when Mitchell hit a jump shot from the left side, and ensuing layups by Alaina Coates and Khadijah Sessions pushed South Carolina (21-0, 9-0 SEC) to a 60-54 lead following two fruitless A&M possessions over the span of about two minutes.

The Aggies (15-6, 5-3) tightened the gap to four at 60-56 on a jumper by Courtney Walker with 5:06 left, but Mitchell quickly responded with a 3-pointer in giving the Gamecocks a 63-56 lead with 3:38 remaining in putting the Aggies away for good.

South Carolina dominated A&M in points in the paint (40-24), while the teams were nearly even in shooting from the floor. The Gamecocks made 45.3 percent (24 of 53) of their shots, while the Aggies countered with 43.5 percent (27 of 62) shooting.

Courtney Walker scored 23 points to lead the Aggies.

The Gamecocks edged A&M 59-58 on Jan. 17 in Columbia, S.C. The game at South Carolina featured 19 lead changes, and Sunday's encore offered nine more.

Sunday also marked the start of a rugged three-game stretch for the Gamecocks. They play host to No. 12 Kentucky on Thursday before welcoming top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 8 to Colonial Life Arena.

Sunday's game marked the second lowest combined rankings for women's basketball in the history of Reed, which opened in 1998. No. 1 Baylor defeated No. 6 A&M 63-60 on Jan. 30, 2011. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said after Sunday's game her team didn't get rattled because it's accustomed to playing in tough venues in the SEC.

TIP-INS: Texas A&M's bench dominated its South Carolina counterparts 10-1. Only Tina Roy scored a lone point for the Gamecocks bench. . The teams were nearly even in turnovers (16 for South Carolina and 17 for A&M), but the Gamecocks capitalized more on the Aggies' miscues with a 22-15 advantage on points off of turnovers -- with seven points also being the difference in the outcome.

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South Carolina hosts Kentucky on Thursday.

Texas A&M plays at Florida on Thursday.