In an early season non-conference game the South Carolina Women's Basketball team traveled to Los Angeles and took care of the UCLA Bruins 68-65. The game went back and forth between both teams and UCLA took an early lead but the Gamecocks put up some points late to secure the win.
South Carolina had four players reach double figures in scoring and two in rebounds. Both of the squad's forwards recorded double-doubles with A'ja Wilson posting 11 points to go with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks, while Alaina Coates pulled in 12 boards and added 12 points. Leading the team in scoring was Tiffany Mitchell and Tina Roy who both had 17 points on the night. Roy did most of her work outside as she was 5-11 from beyond the arc while Mitchell stuck to driving to the basket as she was 5-12 overall but 6-6 on free throws.
On the home side, Jordin Canada paced UCLA with a game-high 21 points in addition to 6 steals and 5 assists. Nirra Fields was the team's other double digit scorer with 17 on 6-16 shooting.
Although this score may seem like a concern for a team who is number two in the nation and taking on an unranked team, there are a couple aspects to keep in mind. To start, the Gamecocks are an east coast team traveling west, something that isn't easy in any sport. Also, the Bruins are not a bad team. They have had some of the top ranked recruiting classes in recent years including landing players such as Canada, who was the PAC-12 Freshman of the Year last season. In 2014-15 the Bruins also won the WNIT Championship and are 3-0 so far this year, so this is definitely a program on the rise. Playing at UCLA can't be discounted; even though the women's program hasn't had such a storied tradition, going to a place where so much college basketball history has occurred can be intimidating.
We'll have your preview and live game thread here when the Gamecocks return to action as they take on #18 Arizona State in Hawaii on Friday.