COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Kamilla Cardoso had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks as No. 1 South Carolina shook off some poor shooting to rout South Dakota State 78-38 on Monday night.
The Gamecocks played without their most reliable outside shooter in Oregon transfer Te-Hina Paopao, who was out with an ankle injury, and her absence showed.
South Carolina (4-0) shot 33% (15 of 45) in the opening half, but took control with relentless rebounding and defense. The Gamecocks had 16 blocks, 15 steals and led the Jackrabbits 21-10 in offensive rebounds.
South Carolina outscored its opponent 31-0 on the fast break.
Raven Johnson had a career-high 18 points, plus six assists and five steals. The 6-foot-7 Cardoso had her third double-double of the season and 19th of her career.
Brooklyn Meyer scored 19 points for the Jackrabbits (2-2), who were the preseason favorites to win the Summit League.
SDSU went up 13-11 after Meyer's basket late in the first quarter. But South Carolina set off on a 19-7 surge to move in front for good.
The Gamecocks missed all 12 of their 3-pointers, their first time they didn't make a 3 since a 76-62 win over Mississippi State in the Southeastern Conference tournament title game on March 8, 2020, when they were 0-for-8 from behind the arc.
- Raven Johnson had a career night, posting a new high of 18 points, and tying her mark of five steals. Her six assists led the team for the fourth time this season.
- Kamilla Cardoso notched her third double-double in the last four games, putting up a season-high 23 points with 10 boards. Her 23 points was her most ever in a Carolina jersey
- Newcomer MiLaysia Fulwiley had her fourth consecutive double-figure game, scoring nine of her 11 points in the second half.
- Bree Hall set a new career high with seven rebounds.
- Block Party: The Gamecocks denied 16 shots from the Jackrabbits, the most this season, and is tied for the second-most in program history (last against Coastal Carolina, 12/21/22).
- After facing a five-point deficit in the first quarter, South Carolina turned on the boosters in the second, finishing on a 15-5 run to end the half. The Gamecocks continued the trend to end the game, wrapping up scoring on a 16-0 run that kept SDSU scoreless for over eight minutes