The No. 4 South Carolina Gamecocks women posted a big 99-38 victory over Savannah State in their return to the court, but got some unfortunate news with the announcement that senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Alexis Jennings notched a double-double for South Carolina (10-1) with 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Ty Harris added one of her own with 14 points and 12 assists. A’ja Wilson led all scorers with 26 points and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan contributed 21 off the bench. The Gamecocks put on a defensive clinic, holding the Tigers (2-7) to just 24% shooting from the field and racking up 14 steals with five blocks. Coach Dawn Staley also reached a milestone with her 231st victory at South Carolina, which placed her in a tie for first in program history.
Harris’ performance could be a good sign for the Gamecocks’ back court, which is looking thin right now. Cuevas-Moore came off the bench for South Carolina last year, and as a critical piece of the Gamecocks’ second unit, she was expected to start at point guard this season. But a lingering knee sprain prevented her from taking the floor as play got underway, and the revelation of an ACL tear has officially ruled her out. With Lindsey Spann also sidelined with a knee sprain and Doniyah Cliney exiting the Savannah State game with a foot injury, the Gamecocks will need big minutes from Harris and freshman Bianca Jackson at the guard spots until the others can return.
Up next: South Carolina travels to face Temple on Thursday at 7 p.m.