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South Carolina's top moments of the 2019-20 season

1163 days ago
SEC Network

No team showed dominance during the 2019-20 season like the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Dawn Staley's group capped its 32-1 season off with an SEC Championship and an undefeated record in the conference. The Gamecocks defeated 13 ranked teams, leading all D-I teams in ranked wins.

The Gamecocks became the third SEC team to finish 19-0 -- including the conference tournament -- and the fourth team to end 16-0 in the regular season in-conference. The season was full of incredible moments and noteworthy performances, but here are some of the best.

Aliyah Boston's Collegiate Debut

Freshman Aliyah Boston finished the season with AP Second-Team All-America, SEC Freshman of the Year and SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Her collegiate career started out with a bang, recording a triple-double in her debut game with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks against Alabama State.

Knocking off UConn

The season-defining moment came when South Carolina downed UConn for the first time in school history, breaking eight consecutive losses. In the Gamecocks' intense sold-out arena, they held the Huskies to two points in the first quarter -- UConn's lowest scoring output in any quarter in school history. Staley's team defeated UConn 70-52 and made a statement heading toward the postseason.

Clinching the SEC Championship

After pummeling through the regular season, the Gamecocks cruised through the SEC Tournament and won all three games by 73 points -- the third-largest margin all-time. That's where senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan came in, eventually winning the SEC Tournament MVP award.

Herbert Harrigan averaged 14.7 points throughout South Carolina's three games and recorded six blocks -- three came in the championship game. She went from the player wanting to transfer at the end of last season to the most valuable player on the league's top-ranked team.

Staley was named the AP National Coach of the Year after leading the Gamecocks to their fifth regular-season title in the last seven seasons. Collectively, Staley and the Gamecocks finished off a near-perfect season with five freshmen on the roster.

The Gamecocks missed out on a chance to complete the season with an NCAA Tournament victory, but the 2019-20 season will still go down as one of the greatest in school history.