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GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 79, Memphis 54

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Aliyah Boston had her 66th career double-double and Kamilla Cardoso had a second straight game with double-figure points and rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina dominated underneath for a 79-54 victory over Memphis.

Boston, the 6-foot-5 reigning AP Player of the Year, had 14 points and 10 boards. The 6-7 Cardoso finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, making 9 of 12 shots all from a foot or two away from the basket against the overmatched Tigers (4-4).

South Carolina started the season 8-0 for a second straight year and the sixth time in coach Dawn Staley's 15 seasons.

Staley, who is 5-6, was known as one of the toughest, most determined players of her generation in college, the pros and the Olympics. Yet, she's built a powerhouse with tall, talented players like Boston and Cardoso.

Memphis had no answers: The Tigers were outscored 60-14 in the paint and outrebounded 52-30. They lost their third straight and second in a row to a Top-5 opponent after falling to No. 5 Indiana 79-64 on Nov. 26.

Laeticia Amihere, a 6-4 senior, had 10 points and three of South Carolina's eight blocks.

Things started well for Memphis, which was up 5-0 just 68 seconds in on Madison Griggs' 3-pointer and Lanetta Williams' bucket. That's when the Gamecocks got going, outscoring the Tigers 27-9 the rest of the period to take control of the game.

Cardoso's first close-in basket tied things at 12 and her next one put South Carolina out front. Cardoso added five more baskets in the opening quarter.

Jamirah Shutes and Destyne Jackson had 10 points each to lead the Tigers.

THE BIG PICTURE

Memphis: It's been an up-and-down season so far. The Tigers won four straight in early November before dropping the past three. Memphis is led by active guards like Shutes, Jackson and Emani Jefferson who will keep them in most games this season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks showed once more the advantage of relying on really tall players. Cardoso is a catch-shoot-and-score machine down low who's hitting 70% of her shots this season. Adding her to Boston, 6-4 Laeticia Amihere and 6-3 newcomer Ashlyn Watkins make a formidable front wall.

LONG RANGE

While the Gamecocks are deadly around the basket, they're struggling so far behind the line. They've gone 2 of 18 on 3-pointers their past two games and are shooting less than 29% on threes.

December 3, 2022


Memphis
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
H. Riddick F 22 1-4 1-2 0-0 2-4 0 1 2 0 4 3
L. Williams F 21 2-5 3-4 0-1 0-2 0 1 0 0 1 7
M. Griggs G 25 2-7 0-0 2-4 0-2 1 0 2 0 2 6
J. Shutes G 25 4-13 1-2 1-2 1-2 2 0 0 4 1 10
E. Jefferson G 22 1-5 6-8 0-0 1-7 1 1 0 4 3 8
T. Welch 22 3-6 1-2 1-2 0-2 2 0 1 1 0 8
D. Jackson 19 4-10 2-3 0-4 2-2 2 0 0 2 2 10
D. Thomas 17 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 3 0
A. Green 11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Brown 9 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 0 0 0 2 1 0
J. Wright 5 1-3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0 4 2
M. Brooks 2 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 18-56
(.321)
14-21
(.667)
4-14
(.286)
8-30 8 3 6 13 21 54


South Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Boston F 22 4-7 6-6 0-0 2-10 2 1 0 0 3 14
V. Saxton F 15 1-3 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 2
B. Beal G 20 1-3 1-2 0-0 1-4 2 0 1 0 0 3
K. Fletcher G 19 1-4 0-0 0-0 1-5 2 0 2 3 2 2
Z. Cooke G 15 2-8 2-2 0-2 1-1 1 0 0 4 2 6
K. Cardoso 19 9-12 0-2 0-0 4-10 1 2 1 1 2 18
L. Amihere 17 5-8 0-0 0-1 0-1 2 3 2 0 0 10
R. Johnson 16 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-3 5 0 0 0 1 0
T. Cooper 15 1-2 1-3 0-0 2-4 2 1 0 1 4 3
B. Hall 15 3-6 1-2 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 1 8
A. Watkins 13 1-5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1 1 2
S. Feagin 11 3-9 5-6 0-0 3-4 0 1 0 1 2 11
O. Thompson 3 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 31-71
(.437)
16-23
(.696)
1-6
(.167)
19-52 17 8 6 12 18 79


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