GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

South Carolina 80, Oregon 63

By DOUG FEINBERG
AP Basketball Writer

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Zia Cooke scored 20 points and Laeticia Amihere added 18 to help top-ranked South Carolina rout No. 9 Oregon 80-63 in the semifinals of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis women's tournament.

This was the first meeting between the Gamecocks (5-0) and the Ducks (3-1) since 2002. The two teams were favored to play for the national championship in 2020 before the NCAA Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Both are very different teams since then.

Oregon came into the game shorthanded.

Ducks forward Nyara Sabally sat out to rest her right knee, which she tweaked in the opening round win over Oklahoma. She had been considered day to day, according to coach Kelly Graves. After playing 37 minutes and scoring a a career-high 30 points in the win Saturday, Sabally was given the day off.

The Ducks already were missing sophomore guard Te-Hina Paopao, freshman guard Taylor Bigby and USC junior transfer Endyia Rogers because of injuries.

South Carolina was able to take advantage, jumping out to a 27-14 lead after one quarter. Oregon came within 32-23 midway through the second quarter before the Gamecocks closed the half with a 12-3 burst.

Cooke started the spurt with a layup, Amihere scored six straight points and the Gamecocks led 44-26 at the break.

South Carolina scored 11 of the first 13 points in the third quarter to put the game away.

Chanaya Pinto scored 12 points to lead Oregon.


Oregon
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
K. Watson F 32 1-6 1-2 0-0 2-5 1 0 0 2 3 3
S. Prince F 20 4-8 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 3 4 8
M. Scherr G 36 5-12 0-0 0-2 0-2 5 0 2 4 1 10
A. Hurst G 34 3-7 2-4 2-2 1-3 0 0 3 2 1 10
S. Parrish G 24 2-6 4-6 0-1 1-4 0 1 0 3 2 8
C. Pinto 24 4-7 3-5 1-1 0-4 2 0 0 2 3 12
P. Kyei 23 4-7 4-4 0-0 5-6 2 2 1 3 4 12
S. Dufficy 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 23-53
(.434)
14-22
(.636)
3-6
(.500)
10-30 11 4 6 20 18 63


South Carolina
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Boston F 23 7-12 1-2 1-2 1-8 3 2 1 2 1 16
V. Saxton F 15 1-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 1 0 2 3 3 2
Z. Cooke G 29 6-9 6-6 2-3 0-1 5 1 2 0 0 20
D. Henderson G 24 3-7 0-0 1-2 0-1 3 0 1 2 1 7
B. Beal G 20 4-5 0-0 1-2 0-3 1 0 2 0 1 9
L. Amihere 20 6-10 6-7 0-0 2-7 0 0 2 3 1 18
K. Cardoso 15 1-5 2-2 0-0 2-4 1 1 2 2 3 4
S. Rivers 14 0-2 0-0 0-2 1-1 2 0 0 2 2 0
E. Russell 11 0-1 0-4 0-1 1-3 0 0 0 2 4 0
B. Hall 10 0-1 0-0 0-1 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0
D. Littleton 6 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0
S. Feagin 5 0-2 2-2 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 2
E. Wesolek 5 0-2 2-2 0-1 1-1 0 0 0 0 1 2
O. Thompson 3 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 28-59
(.475)
19-25
(.760)
5-16
(.313)
13-41 16 4 12 16 23 80


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