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South Carolina 79, Auburn 53

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke had 13 points apiece and No. 1 South Carolina overcame a sluggish start before rolling over Auburn 79-53 for its 18th straight victory.

The Gamecocks (24-1, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) struggled early against Auburn (8-14, 2-9), leading just 22-19 early in the second quarter. But South Carolina regrouped for a 20-4 burst to take a 42-23 halftime lead on the way to its 10th straight win over the Tigers.

Tyasha Harris had 12 points and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had 11 for South Carolina.

Cooke had four of the Gamecocks' 10 3-pointers, a high against SEC opponents this season.

South Carolina played before a sold-out, 18,000-fan arena on Monday night, an electric atmosphere that ramped up at every Gamecock basket or UConn miss.

It was clearly not the same at the start for Gamecock players or fans.

The Tigers scored 13 points in the opening quarter - the Huskies had just 2 on this floor Monday night - and after 3-pointers by Erin Howard and Robyn Benton to start the second period, trailed South Carolina by only three points.

That's when Cooke and Boston, the Gamecocks talented freshmen, fueled a 20-4 surge over the final eight minutes before halftime.

Cooke hit her third 3-pointer to start the run, then added another to keep things going. Victaria Saxton had a three-point play before Boston scored seven straight to put the Gamecocks up 42-23 at the half.

South Carolina grew the lead to 70-30 early in the fourth quarter before Auburn cut into the margin down the stretch.

Benton finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers.

Associated Press


February 13, 2020

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