because

GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 81, Maryland 56

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Aliyah Boston had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Zia Cooke added 18 points to lift No. 1 South Carolina to an 81-56 victory over No. 17 Maryland.

Shortly after the Indiana Fever won the WNBA draft lottery - with Boston expected to be the No. 1 pick - the South Carolina star led her team to a fairly routine victory in its first real test of the season. The defending champions held off a gritty Maryland team that was playing without its own potential lottery pick. Diamond Miller was out with a right knee injury.

Abby Meyers scored 21 points to lead Maryland (1-1), but aside from her ability to score from the midrange and beyond the arc, the undersized Terrapins had a tough time offensively. Perhaps no stat summed up this game better than the Gamecocks' 11-0 advantage in blocked shots.

South Carolina was playing its first of four consecutive road games, and this win makes it almost certain that a Nov. 20 clash at Stanford will be a 1 vs. 2 matchup.

Maryland packed its defense into the paint to deal with the 6-foot-4 Boston, and the Terps were down just six at halftime, 32-26. The margin was still in single digits in the third before South Carolina (2-0) went on an 11-1 run to lead 56-39.

Kamilla Cardoso, the Gamecocks' 6-7 reserve, scored a pair of baskets during that run, sandwiched around a 3-pointer by Cooke. Cardoso finished with 13 points.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks showed good patience on the road - at times Maryland was practically daring them to shoot from the perimeter instead of working the ball inside. South Carolina did make enough 3-pointers (eight) to make the Terps pay for leaving shooters open.

Maryland: The Terps played a scrappy game, forcing 20 turnovers, and this was an encouraging performance without Miller in the first half. Meyers, a star at Princeton last season, is one of a handful of transfers Maryland brought in as part of a roster makeover. She scored 14 of the team's first 17 points to help the Terps keep it close for a while.

MILESTONE

Boston tied Tiffany Mitchell for the program record with her 103rd consecutive start.

November 11, 2022


South Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Boston F 30 7-8 2-3 0-0 4-13 2 1 0 3 3 16
V. Saxton F 19 2-3 0-0 0-0 2-4 1 2 0 1 0 4
Z. Cooke G 28 4-14 6-7 4-9 0-1 3 0 2 0 1 18
B. Beal G 27 3-7 0-0 3-7 1-8 4 2 1 1 3 9
R. Johnson G 16 0-6 0-0 0-4 0-3 2 0 1 2 0 0
L. Amihere 19 4-9 1-2 1-4 5-8 2 2 0 4 2 10
K. Fletcher 18 0-5 2-2 0-2 1-3 3 0 1 2 3 2
K. Cardoso 13 6-7 1-1 0-0 4-5 1 1 1 3 2 13
S. Feagin 11 1-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 2 1 2
T. Cooper 7 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 2 0 0 0 1 0
B. Hall 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0 1 2
A. Watkins 6 2-3 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 5
Totals   201 30-68
(.441)
13-16
(.813)
8-28
(.286)
18-55 20 11 6 20 19 81


Maryland
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
F. Masonius F 28 1-4 1-2 0-1 1-5 1 0 3 4 4 3
A. Meyers G 38 9-23 1-2 2-6 1-6 1 0 0 2 2 21
L. Briggs G 31 1-8 1-2 1-3 1-4 2 0 0 1 0 4
E. Pinzan G 24 1-3 0-0 1-2 0-0 4 0 1 1 0 3
S. Sellers G 23 4-10 0-0 1-3 0-5 3 0 1 3 5 9
B. Alexander 24 2-4 2-2 1-2 0-1 0 0 0 1 5 7
G. Cooke 16 2-8 3-4 0-1 0-1 1 0 0 1 0 7
B. McDaniel 13 0-6 2-2 0-2 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 2
M. Reynolds 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 20-66
(.303)
10-14
(.714)
6-20
(.300)
11-32 12 0 5 13 18 56


Officials: Felicia Grinter, Michael McConnell, Cameron Inouye
Attendance: 9,244




onehanesplace.com
D1SportsNet