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South Carolina dominates Duke in 72-52 victory

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The Gamecocks made a statement against the No. 14 Blue Devils.

Nov 30, 2017; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Alexis Jennings (35), forward Ladazhia Williams (23), guard Doniyah Cliney (4), forward A'ja Wilson (22) and guard Tyasha Harris (52) huddle against the Western Carolina Lady Catamounts in the first half at Colonial Life Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 5 Gamecocks took another early season test in the No. 14-ranked Blue Devils, and passed with flying colors with a 72-52 victory on Sunday in Columbia.

With starting point guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore still on the shelf with a knee sprain and key contributor Lindsey Spann dealing with a sprain of her own, South Carolina entered the game without two of its most important guards. But the Gamecocks simply returned to their classic style of play, feeding the post and dominating the Blue Devils in the paint. Alexis Jennings scored 27 points with 10 rebounds, and A’ja Wilson added 18 points with 11 rebounds as the pair of forwards overwhelmed Duke down low.

Even more impressive was South Carolina’s defense. The Blue Devils came into Columbia sporting the ACC’s best 3-point shooting percentage, with accurate guard Rebecca Greenwell leading that charge with 17 points per game. But Duke made just one of its 10 3-point attempts, and shot only 38% from the floor. Greenwell was a non-factor, tallying eight points and unable to hit the two 3-pointers she needed for a Duke school record.

The South Carolina-Duke series has produced some dramatic games in recent seasons, but this one was all Gamecocks. Nice bit of revenge after the Blue Devils pulled an upset last year.

Up next: South Carolina hosts College of Charleston on Tuesday.