Things got a little interesting with a nip-and-tuck first half, but the No. 7 South Carolina Gamecocks put away the Florida Gators when they needed to with a 64-57 win on Sunday in Columbia.
A’ja Wilson led the Gamecocks with 22 points and Ty Harris added 18 as South Carolina clinched its seventh-straight 20-win season. The Gamecocks gave up a 15-0 Florida run to go down 10 points when resting Wilson in the second quarter, but the star forward re-entered and powered a surge that tied the game at the half. From there, South Carolina outscored the Gators 34-27 to wrap up the victory.
The Gamecocks can’t win a fifth consecutive regular-season SEC title, but they’re still in contention for a top-four seed in the conference tournament with four games left.
Of note: Although guard Lindsey Spann made an attempted return off a knee injury last week, South Carolina has now shut her down for the rest of the season. The Gamecocks have just nine scholarship players to work with.
Up next: South Carolina travels to No. 18 Georgia on Thursday. This is the first and only regular-season meeting between the Gamecocks and the Bulldogs, who are enjoying a successful year.