After winning 102-59 in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago, Dawn Staley's Gamecocks again had no trouble handling the Alabama Crimson Tide in Columbia this evening, winning 85-54. The Tide kept this one interesting for the first five minutes of the game, maintaining a tie until the 14:06 mark. It was all Gamecocks from there on out, though, as Carolina would score the next 12 points and never look back.
Individually, A'ja Wilson led Carolina with 17 points. Alaina Coates also had another good night, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards. She currently leads the SEC in double-doubles and is having a fine sophomore campaign after winning SEC frosh of the year last season.
The Gamecocks front line again dominated in this game, going 18 of 25 from the field. After Missouri stifled Carolina's post offense by lightly guarding the perimeter and clogging the lane, I worried that the Tigers might have discovered a blueprint to defending the Gamecocks, but Carolina has adapted nicely.
The Gamecocks next take on Ole Miss on 2/1.