GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 55, Duke 46

By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer

DURHAM, N.C. - Aliyah Boston had 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks while top-ranked South Carolina dominated the boards to beat No. 15 Duke 55-46.

South Carolina finished with a 45-25 rebounding advantage that included 19-5 on the offensive glass, leading to a 17-4 edge in second-chance points. That helped offset 35% shooting to secure the team's fifth win against an opponent ranked 15th or better in the AP Top 25 this season.

Duke trimmed a 16-point deficit to 42-35 early in the fourth period, but South Carolina (11-0) responded by scoring on five straight possessions to stretch the margin back out to 15. Three of those baskets came inside from the 6-foot-5 Boston, a preseason Associated Press All-American who found herself facing frequent double teams.

Shayeann Day-Wilson scored 17 points to lead the Blue Devils (8-1), who relied on an active zone to collapse when the ball entered the paint. The defense made South Carolina work, but the offense struggled to get going.

Elizabeth Balogun hit a 3-pointer on the first possession, but Duke then missed 10 straight shots in an eight-minute scoreless streak that pushed South Carolina to a 17-3 lead.

Duke twice got as close as seven, the last at 53-46 on a four-point play from Day-Wilson with 19.1 seconds left.

Duke shot just 29% in the first half, including 2 for 12 from 3-point range, and finished the game at 34%. In addition, the teamwide rebounding effort that second-year coach Kara Lawson had hoped for didn't materialize until after South Carolina went up big.

Duke fell to 3-11 against No. 1-ranked teams, losing for the sixth straight time since beating Maryland in January 2007.


South Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. Amihere F 37 3-7 3-4 1-1 3-7 3 1 0 3 1 10
A. Boston F 33 8-15 1-2 2-3 3-14 1 4 2 1 1 19
V. Saxton F 27 2-5 0-2 0-0 6-7 0 0 1 1 0 4
Z. Cooke G 32 3-17 0-0 1-9 0-1 1 0 0 6 1 7
B. Beal G 31 1-5 0-0 0-2 2-6 2 0 3 1 2 2
D. Littleton 19 3-6 1-2 3-6 0-1 0 0 1 0 1 10
K. Cardoso 9 0-0 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 0 1 2 1 0
L. Grissett 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0
B. Hall 4 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Rivers 3 0-0 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 1
S. Feagin 0 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
E. Russell 0 0-0 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 2
E. Wesolek 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 20-57
(.351)
8-17
(.471)
7-22
(.318)
19-44 8 5 8 17 9 55


Duke
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. Gordon F 33 2-8 0-0 2-6 1-8 2 0 2 3 2 6
J. Williams F 25 0-6 2-2 0-0 2-4 3 1 1 2 4 2
C. Taylor G 28 4-9 0-0 1-2 0-3 1 0 5 5 2 9
E. Balogun G 26 3-4 0-0 1-2 0-2 1 2 1 1 1 7
V. de Jesus G 21 0-4 0-0 0-2 0-0 3 0 0 1 1 0
S. Day-Wilson 28 6-14 2-3 3-8 0-1 1 0 0 5 4 17
A. Finklea-Guity 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 1 1 3 2
M. Goodchild 9 1-2 0-0 1-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 0 3
L. Volker 8 0-2 0-0 0-2 1-1 0 0 1 1 1 0
O. Akinbode-James 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 0 3 0
Totals   200 17-50
(.340)
4-5
(.800)
8-23
(.348)
6-26 11 5 11 19 21 46


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