Heading into the game at Auburn, junior guard Kaela Davis was averaging 13.8 points per game. Tonight, she came out on fire and scored 21 points in the first half to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to 12-1 on the season and 2-0 in SEC play with a 73-47 win over the Auburn Tigers. The win is also number 200 for Dawn Staley as the head coach at South Carolina.
With Davis’ hot start, Carolina jumped out to a 29-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Gamecocks struggled in the second quarter, only scoring 12 points. Auburn was able to cut the lead to 16 with Katie Frerking leading the way for the Tigers. Carolina pushed the lead back to 19 after the third before pulling away even more in the fourth. A 7-0 run in the middle of the quarter put the game away for good.
After scoring 21 in the first, Davis failed to score in the second. It was not a problem for the Gamecocks as Bianca Cuevas-Moore and A’ja Wilson both hit double figures in the second half. Cuevas-Moore scored a season high 19 points and recorded seven assists. Wilson finished with a double-double, scoring 10 points and gathering 11 rebounds.
The Gamecocks usually do not rely on the three pointer, only making 5.4 per game. But tonight Carolina made 14 three pointers as they shot 50 percent from deep. Davis and Cuevas-Moore led the barrage as each made five of the 14. The Gamecocks did still managed to win the battle down low, outscoring Auburn 22-18 in the paint. Carolina also controlled the glass by gathering 37 rebounds to Auburn’s 32.
The Carolina defense held Auburn to a season low 47 points. The Tigers only shot 28 percent from the floor as the Tigers leading scorers, Frerking and Brandy Montgomery, only shot 7-30. Frerking was able to score 16 but Montgomery was held to just three points.
Next up for the Gamecocks is a trip to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators on Sunday at Noon.