After a regular season that produced some unfamiliar moments, the South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team concluded the SEC Tournament in a very familiar fashion: as champions.
Collecting the program’s sixth SEC title in seven years, the Gamecocks put away an upstart Georgia squad 67-62, showing some resiliency with a third-quarter run that helped seal the deal after a back-and-forth first half led to a tied score at halftime.
Aliyah Boston, the tournament MVP, turned in a dominant performance with 27 points and 15 rebounds — her third double-double of the event. Destanni Henderson and Zia Cooke also garnered an all-tournament team selections, with Henderson putting up 18 points and nine rebounds, while Cooke added eight points. Brea Beal showed out for the Gamecocks as well, pouring in nine key points to key the Gamecocks’ late run.
I’ll let program legend A’ja Wilson sum it up:
“South Carolina OWNS the sec tournament ”— A'ja Wilson (@_ajawilson22) March 7, 2021
Seventh-ranked South Carolina (22-4) will now await its NCAA Tournament seeding, which will be announced next Monday, March 15. Currently, ESPN’s Bracketology has the Gamecocks slated as a No. 1 seed, opening play against N.C. A&T. Due to COVID precautions, the tournament will be played primarily in San Antonio, with sites in Austin and San Marcos also being used for the first round.