A'ja Wilson wasn't available, but that didn't seem to phase the #2 Lady Gamecocks as they outright dominated the Winthrop Eagles Sunday afternoon in Colonial Life Arena to a 86-37 victory.
The Lady Gamecocks came out running to outscore the Lady Eagles 26-7 in the first quarter and just didn't look back thanks to a 14-0 run. Dawn Staley's women took a 47-13 lead into halftime before taking the peddle off the gas in the second half.
Without sophomore stud Wilson in the lineup as she took the day off due to doctor's orders, junior Alaina Coates dominated the stat sheet. The 6-4 center and Irmo native posted a triple-double with a career high 29 points, 16 rebounds and school record 10 blocks, a record that's been in place since 1977-78. It was the Gamecocks first triple-double since 2006. Coates, along with South Carolina's other bigs - Dozier, White and Imobioh - were just too much to handle for the undersized Eagles as they accounted for 49 of the Gamecocks 87 points.
Along with tinkering with some lineups Sunday afternoon, Staley got away with playing All-American guard Tiffany Mitchell for only 22 minutes, scoring 12 points in that span.
The Lady Gamecocks improved to 9-0 on the year and have now won 38 games in a row at home. South Carolina hosts Hampton this Wednesday.