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No. 3 South Carolina rolls past Alabama 66-46

2286 days ago
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A'ja Wilson scored 16 points and Alaina Coates added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead No. 3 South Carolina to a 66-46 victory over Alabama on Monday night.

The Gamecocks (26-1, 14-0 Southeastern Conference) continued their league stranglehold after already clinching a third straight regular season title. They dominated the boards and defensively.

South Carolina held Alabama (14-13, 3-11) to 28.6 percent shooting and outrebounded the Crimson Tide 58-31.

Coates picked up her league-leading 14th double-double. Wilson collected 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Tiffany Mitchell added 10 points and reached double digits with a layup off a behind-the-back pass from Bianca Cuevas midway through the fourth quarter. Khadijah Sessions had 11 rebounds.

Shaquera Wade led the Tide with 11 points.

The Gamecocks maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half for their fourth straight win since falling to No. 1 Connecticut.

South Carolina took a 45-31 lead into the fourth quarter after collecting three offensive rebounds on its final possession. Sarah Imovbioh finished the sequence with a layup for the Gamecocks' biggest lead to that point.

The margin burgeoned to 24 during a dominant final period.

The Gamecocks, who came in averaging an SEC-best 72 points in league games, were held at least 10 points below that for the third straight game. The defensive play more than made up for the 38 percent shooting performance.

Hannah Cook, Alabama's leading scorer, had three points on 1-of-12 shooting.

CLASS BY ITSELF

South Carolina seniors Mitchell, Asia Dozier and Khadijah Sessions broke the Class of 2015's school record for wins over a four-year period, improving to 114-17.

REBOUNDS

The Gamecocks collected the third-most rebounds of coach Dawn Staley's 7-plus season tenure, one behind the 59 against Florida in Jan. 2013. The high was 62 against College of Charleston in November 2013.

EARLY DROUGHT

Alabama didn't make a basket over a 6:30 stretch carrying over into the second quarter, missing 11 straight before Meoshonti Knight's layup. The Tide was 9 of 34 in the first half (26.5 percent) .

TIP-INS

South Carolina: Has won the last 12 meetings and improved to 9-8 in Tuscaloosa. ... Committed 16 turnovers and had 16 assists.

Alabama: Has lost eight of its last nine games. ... Made 3 of 28 3-point attempts.

UP NEXT

South Carolina visits Mississippi on Thursday night.

Alabama hosts Tennessee on Thursday night.