GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 104, Arkansas 82

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Aliyah Boston had 26 points, 16 rebounds and six blocks, and No. 4 South Carolina beat No. 15 Arkansas 104-82 for its 24th straight win over SEC foes.

On a day when South Carolina (10-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) celebrated its most famous post player by dedicating a bronze statue of A'ja Wilson at the arena, the Gamecocks current force down low took control of the things in beating the Razorbacks (11-5, 2-4).

The 6-foot-5 Boston accomplished her fifth double-double of the season by halftime and the Gamecocks pulled away to win for the 14th time in their past 15 meetings with Arkansas.

The Razorbacks and Chelsea Dungee were the last league team to defeat South Carolina, winning 95-89 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals two years ago. The Gamecocks haven't lost to a conference opponent since including four meetings with Arkansas.

Boston's play was again a big reason why. She had six points, eight rebounds and five blocks in the first quarter as the Gamecocks opened a 28-17 lead.

Behind Dungee, the Razorbacks were able to keep things tight. Dungee had five points in a 9-2 burst that cut into South Carolina's double-digit lead.

Arkansas trailed 62-59 after Erynn Barnum's basket late in the third quarter. That's when South Carolina scored nine straight points to gain control. Boston had a three-point play and another bucket in the run.

Dungee, the SEC's leading scorer, had 22 points to lead Arkansas.

Brea Beal had 22 points, setting a South Carolina career high in scoring for a second straight game following the 17 points she had in a 106-43 win at Vanderbilt last Thursday night.

Boston, a sophomore, had her 18th career game with double figure points and rebounds.


Associated Press

January 18, 2021