The Gamecocks once again let their opponent hang around for most of the game before pulling away, but they stayed perfect in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown and on the season. The victory over Hawaii improves South Carolina's record to 7-0.
South Carolina and Hawaii went back and forth early in the first quarter, but the Gamecocks came out of the first ten minutes with a 17-14 lead. The game remained close throughout the second quarter as well and the Gamecocks went to halftime hanging on to a 29-22 lead. South Carolina finally stretched the lead to double digits late in the third quarter and entered the final ten minutes of play with 51-35 lead. The Gamecocks then cruised to the 67-51 victory.
A'ja Wilson was named the tournament MVP thanks to her fantastic performance for the Gamecocks. Despite fouling out in the final minutes of the game, Wilson led the Gamecocks in points (18) and rebounds (5), making her the leader in both categories in all three games in Hawaii. Joining Wilson on the All-Tournament team was fellow sophomore Bianca Cuevas. She had another strong performance in the final game as well, with 13 points and 4 rebounds.
The other top performers for the Gamecocks against Hawaii were Tiffany Mitchell, who scored 14 points, and Khadijah Sessions, who scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, and led the team in assists with 4.
The Gamecocks return to the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia for their next game, a 2 p.m. showdown with Duke on Sunday December 6th.