The South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team showed no signs of fatigue playing in their third game in as many nights. Jumping out to a huge first quarter lead, Dawn Staley’s third-ranked Gamecocks blew past the outmatched Saint Peter’s Peahens out of Jersey City, N.J., 93-38, in a game that never had any chance of resembling anything competitive.
The Gamecocks jumped out to an early 13-2 lead in the first and finished the quarter up 37-12 and with a comfortable 25 point cushion to rest on thanks to some sharp outside shooting from junior Kaela Davis and her 11 first quarter points. The three point shot carried the way for the Gamecocks as they connected on nine 3s on the night, hitting on 41% of their shots behind the arc.
The Gamecocks were able to extend their lead in the second, and took a 43 point lead into the locker room. No. You did not read that wrong.
It wasn’t just success from behind the arc, but a total team effort that carried the way as all five of the Gamecocks starters finished with 10+ points. And no, in case you were wondering, Alaina Coates did not have another double-double, but did finish with 16 points and seven rebounds on an almost perfect shooting night from the floor (8-9). She ended the night scoring the most points than anyone else on the court.
Dawn Staley’s squad has now scored over 90 points in three of the seasons first four games.
South Carolina will get some much needed time off following the win as they head into the Thanksgiving holiday. But, after Thursday, it’s back to work as they prep for a top five throwdown with the fourth-ranked Louisville Cardinals in Springfield, Massachusetts Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.