A couple days removed from a dominant 72-52 win against the No. 14 Duke Blue Devils, No. 5 South Carolina stumbled a bit through a 69-43 victory against College of Charleston in Columbia on Tuesday.
A’ja Wilson notched her eighth double-double of the season, posting 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks. Alexis Jennings (12 points) and Lele Grissett (10) joined her in double figures, and Bianca Jackson pulled down 10 rebounds while Ty Harris added seven assists.
South Carolina (9-1) took a 34-10 lead into halftime, as both teams struggled to find a rhythm offensively. When the Cougars (2-6) came out of the break and whittled a 24-point lead down to 14, Wilson gave the Gamecocks some breathing room and allowed South Carolina to start pulling away.
The Gamecocks held Charleston to 22% shooting from the field and overwhelmed the Cougars on the boards, 52-38. But South Carolina made just one of its 10 3-pointers and posted a 64% performance from the free-throw line, which — if you want to nitpick — remains an area that could be troubling against elite teams.
Of note: Guards Lindsey Spann and Bianca Cuevas-Moore again did not play while they rehab their respective knee sprains. Spann has missed the past three games, and Cuevas-Moore has yet to play this season.
Up next: South Carolina takes a break for exams and returns on Dec. 17 against Savannah State.