Top-ranked South Carolina (24-1, 12-1) rode the hot hands of Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke to blow out Auburn (9-15, 1-12) Thursday night, 75-38.
Although there was not much drama in the game, it did extend South Carolina’s win streak to 12. It was also the program’s 12th straight victory over the Tigers.
Additionally, we are closer to witnessing history with Boston, who is one game away from tying former LSU star Sylvia Fowles’ record of 19 consecutive games with double-figure points and rebounds.
As for the contest that took place, there really wasn’t one.
USC already built a 10-point cushion with 1:41 remaining in the first quarter thanks to one of many jumpers by Cooke on the night. Things would not get much better from there as the lead would eventually grow to as large as 37.
The Gamecocks completely controlled the glass, out-rebounding the Tigers by 37. To put that more into perspective, Auburn collected one more total rebound (25) than South Carolina racked up on the offensive boards (24).
USC also held Auburn to a field goal percentage of 29%, and their 38 points allowed ties for the second-lowest number allowed by the Cocks all year with the least being 30 points against Vanderbilt on Jan. 24.
With the lead completely out of hand, the starters got to rest for the entirety of the fourth quarter, and Boston only needed to play four minutes in the second half so she could secure her double-double.
Before she got pulled, the undisputed star of this game was Zia Cooke, who scored at least 20 points for the first time since Dec. 12 against Maryland. She shot 8-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-7 from beyond the arc, and had an unreal +/- of 34 points, which led the team.
As a result, Auburn picked up its fifth straight loss and remains at the bottom of the SEC standings.
South Carolina looks to continue its winning ways this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Columbia against Tennessee in a highly anticipated game being broadcast on ABC.