GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 83, Iowa State 65

AMES, Iowa - Zia Cooke scored 19 points and No. 1 South Carolina got back into a groove with a 83-65 win over 23rd-ranked Iowa State.

The Gamecocks (4-1) never trailed against the Cyclones (2-2) during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup.

Cooke shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range, 6-of-12 overall, helping South Carolina finish 13 of 26 from behind the arc.

Aliyah Boston and Brea Beal added 13 points each for South Carolina while Destanni Henderson had 12.

Ashley Joens scored 32 points for Iowa State, which shot just 37.1% for the game and was outrebounded 50-24.

South Carolina held a 44-30 lead at halftime and made nine of its first 13 shots in the third quarter to put the game away.

The Gamecocks jumped to a 10-0 lead in the opening moments, with Boston and Beal each contributing 5 points.

Iowa State trimmed the margin to 16-15 late in the first quarter before South Carolina went on a 17-2 run and built a 33-17 advantage.

Joens was the only consistent offensive threat for the Cyclones, who made just five of 27 3-pointers. She went 11 of 22 from the floor and made all eight of her free throws. She also grabbed five rebounds.


Associated Press

December 6, 2020