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#6 South Carolina Routs Alabama 93-45

Gamecocks start new year with win in SEC opener.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Minnesota at South Carolina Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina Gamecocks move to 11-1 on the season and pick up their first SEC win in a 93-45 blowout of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Carolina jumped out to a big lead early, taking a 27-9 advantage after the first quarter. The Gamecocks then took a 41-22 lead at the half. A’ja Wilson led the team with 13 points at the break. Alaina Coates and Kaela Davis were also in double figures at the half. Carolina put the game to bed with a 31-11 third quarter.

The Gamecocks continued their dominance in the paint, outscoring the Tide 54-14. Wilson scored a game high 23 points with 9 rebounds. Coates finished with her seventh double-double on the year with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Davis finished with 16 points.

With a 44-27 edge on the glass, the Gamecocks managed 18 second chance points to Alabama’s 5. The Carolina bench also outscored Alabama’s 21-12. Bianca Cuevas-Moore led the bench with 9 points.

Alabama entered the game with four players averaging double figures. Jordan Lewis finished as the leading scorer for the Tide with 10 points. The Tide’s leading scorer on the season, Meoshonti Knight, was held to 8 points on 3-11 shooting. Entering the game with the SEC’s second best scoring defense, the 93 points are the most Alabama has given up on the year as they fall to 12-2.

Next up for the Gamecocks is a trip to Auburn to take on the 10-4 Tigers Thursday night.