Dawn Staley's Gamecocks continued to dominate as they beat the Central Michigan Chippewas 80-45 on Saturday at the Subway Classic in Minneapolis. The Chippewas scored the first points of the game, but after taking a 6-4 lead with 16 minutes left in the first half the Gamecocks never trailed again. The Gamecocks led 37-24 at the end of the first half, then outscored CMU 43-21 in the second half.
Tiffany Mitchell led the team with 18 points, followed by Alaina Coates with 16. A'ja Wilson, Aleighsa Welch and Elem Ibiam also had double-digits for the Gamecocks and both Ibiam and Coates had double-doubles. This was the sixth double-double of the season for Coates.
The win moved the Gamecocks to 11-0, the best start in program history. The longest winning streak in program history is 12 games, which has been accomplished twice. The Gamecocks will try to tie that win streak as they return to action on Sunday at 1 pm against Liberty.