By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports activities Author
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Aliyah Boston scored 18 factors with 12 rebounds and No. 1 South Carolina coasted after a powerful begin to beat No. 17 Georgia 72-54 on Sunday.
Boston posted her 18th double-double in 24 video games. Destanni Henderson added 15 factors for the Gamecocks, who led by 30 factors within the first half.
South Carolina (23-1, 11-1 Southeastern Convention) has received 11 consecutive video games since dropping at Missouri in extra time to open its convention schedule on Dec. 30.
Georgia (17-7, 6-6) suffered its third consecutive loss regardless of Jenna Staiti’s 15 factors and 10 rebounds.
South Carolina, which needed to maintain on late to win at Kentucky 59-50 on Thursday evening, was dominant in one other street recreation in opposition to Georgia.
Staiti went to the bench with two fouls halfway via the opening interval. Quickly after Staiti’s exit, teammate Maiury Bates was known as for her second foul.
South Carolina instantly seized the benefit, ending the primary interval with an 18-2 run, together with the ultimate 10 factors, for a 29-10 lead.
The Gamecocks attacked with a formidable inside-outside stability. South Carolina was good on every of its 4 3-pointers within the first interval whereas additionally constructing a bonus close to the basket.
South Carolina stretched its result in 30 factors within the second interval and led 51-25 at halftime.
Georgia scored the ultimate six factors of the third interval and the primary six factors of the ultimate interval to tug to inside 15 factors at 61-46.
South Carolina received simply regardless of enjoying with out its high two reserves. Forwards Laeticia Amihere and Kamilla Cardoso are competing with their nationwide groups, Canada and Brazil, respectively, within the FIBA Ladies’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Event.
Que Morrison, who had 11 factors, supplied a spotlight for Georgia within the third interval when she went behind her again for a elaborate layup regardless of being fouled by Henderson. Morrison sank the free throw for the three-point play.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks look postseason prepared. They improved to 10-0 in opposition to High 25 groups with their fifteenth consecutive win over Georgia since 2013.
Georgia: The Woman Bulldogs could not come near their first win over a top-ranked workforce since beating Tennessee within the semifinals of the 2004 SEC match. They’re left with a three-game dropping streak that features two residence losses. The sudden downturn has dropped Georgia to .500 within the SEC and in peril of taking a fall within the High 25.
South Carolina hosts Auburn on Thursday. Amihere and Cardoso are anticipated to be again with the workforce.
Georgia hosts Missouri on Thursday when it is going to search for its first win since Feb. 3 in opposition to Vanderbilt.
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