It took a little more effort than it has in seasons past, but the tenth-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team did what it does and grabbed another win over rival Clemson, dispatching the Tigers 69-57 on Thursday night.
The contest was a sloppy affair for South Carolina, featuring 27 turnovers and a sluggish 36% shooting performance, as the Gamecocks adjust to new faces and a new, up-tempo style of play. Although South Carolina looked to blow the game open in the second quarter and entered halftime with a 41-25 lead, Clemson’s zone defense had the Gamecocks out of sorts in an offensively bare third quarter that saw South Carolina put up just eight points. Fortunately, the fourth quarter was a different story, and the Gamecocks pulled away. Ultimately, the Gamecocks out-rebounded the Tigers 46-42, and racked up an incredible 32 free-throw attempts, converting 72% of them.
Just two players reached double figures for South Carolina, although Bianca Jackson was close with 9 points. Guard Te’a Cooper led all scorers with 15 points, shooting 50% from the field, and fellow guard Ty Harris had 11, making all six of her free throws. South Carolina saw a lot of activity from its bench, as coach Dawn Staley mixed things up early and often: Veteran forwards Alexis Jennings and Lele Grissett each had eight points, and newcomer Victaria Saxton showed some potential with six.
South Carolina earned its ninth — yes, ninth — straight win against the Tigers.
Up next, the Gamecocks (2-0) host No. 9 Maryland at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the first of their early-season challenges.