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#2 South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Ole Miss Rebels: Women's Basketball wins 81-62

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Hot start fuels Dawn Staley's squad past the overmatched Rebels Thursday night in the CLA.

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For the first time in three games, the South Carolina women's basketball team was comfortable inside it's own home. A welcoming and pleased home crowd watched the Gamecocks sprint out of the gates and take care of business against Ole Miss in a 81-62 victory to improve to 20-0 on the year and notch their 44th consecutive home victory.

South Carolina jumped all over Ole Miss from the start and ended the first quarter with a 24-11 lead, never looking back to coast to a nineteen point win. The Gamecocks were led by the big three of A'ja Wilson, Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates, who combined for 45 of the teams 81 points. Wilson led all Gamecock scorers with 17.

Once again, the Gamecocks size dominated its opponent, out-rebounding Ole Miss 45 to 28 and making life difficult for the Rebels offense down low. Ole Miss was forced to settle for outside shoots, but were only able to hit 3 of their 18 attempted three point attempts.

It wasn't all doom and gloom for the Rebels though as Ole Miss guard Shandricka Sessions logged 26 points to lead all scorers. The Rebels were able to get within 12 late in the fourth, but a subsequent South Carolina burst built the lead back around 20 to solidify the victory.

The Gamecocks travel to College Station next to take on Texas A&M Sunday afternoon.