The third-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks ripped Maine 79-42 to start their 2016-17 campaign at 3-0. Five players landed in double figures, led by A’ja Wilson’s 14 and a 13-point night by freshman Mikiah Herbert Harrigan. Alaina Coates added yet another double-double with 12 points and fourteen rebounds.
It wasn’t a high-scoring affair for the Gamecocks, but they did enjoy a strong shooting night as they hit the 56% mark from the floor, despite a tepid 3-14 performance from beyond the arc. The Carolina bigs were too much for the Black Bears as USC held a 42-27 edge in rebounding and put up an astonishing 52-8 count from the paint. Maine was held to just five first-quarter points and never recovered as the Gamecocks enjoyed a 43-19 lead at the break.
While they didn’t come close to the 92-point outputs they reached against Ohio State and Hampton, getting contributions from a number of different players is something the Gamecocks can take pride in early on. Wilson even had a nickname for herself and Coates after the game.
.@GamecockWBB's A'ja Wilson and Alaina Coates after tonight's win: "Twin towers ... we here." #Gamecocks— Spurs & Feathers (@SpursFeathers) November 22, 2016
They’ll need more of that in their third game in as many days against Saint Peter’s tomorrow at 7pm at Colonial Life Arena, before a top-five showdown against #4 Louisville in Springfield, Massachusetts on Sunday.