Womens basketball: South Carolina 99, Alabama State 31 - D1SportsNet


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Womens basketball

South Carolina 99, Alabama State 31

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley keeps the net she cut down after winning the national title hanging on her rear view mirror.

And after the title banner dropped before Friday's 99-31 win over Alabama State, Staley said it is time for her No. 4 Gamecocks (1-0) to put the title in their rear view mirrors too.

"We've moved on," Staley said. "We're a lot different. We look different."

Not everything is different. Two-time all-American A'ja Wilson scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes.

Penn State transfer Lindsey Spann, the Lady Lions leading scorer a year ago, added 16 points of her own for a team that had three players in the top 10 picks of this year's WNBA draft.

The party started before Friday's warmups. The SEC championship rings were passed out and confetti poured down as the title banner dropped.

"We threw the confetti in so they could get a good sense of what we felt in Dallas," said Staley, whose Gamecocks beat Mississippi State 67-55 to win the school and her first national title.

The party continued after the tip. Alabama State's Amber Hunt hit a 3 to put the Lady Hornets (0-1) up 3-2. South Carolina would score the next 23 points. The Gamecocks also ended the first half with another 23-0 run.

The 68-point margin was the second-largest win at South Carolina for Staley.

The Gamecocks forced 29 turnovers and held Alabama State to 20 percent (11-of-54) shooting.