No. 1 South Carolina Scores Historic Win Vs UConn
University of South Carolina Athletics
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina's Tyasha Harris really thought coming in she wasn't bothered by her losing history against UConn.
Then Harris and the top-ranked Gamecocks won - and her attitude and emotions changed quickly.
"Yes, this feels pretty good," she said with a grin. "My mind kind of changed,"
Harris had 19 points, Aliyah Boston dominated underneath and South Carolina held UConn to a record-low two points in the opening quarter on the way to a 70-52 win Monday night - its first-ever win over the fifth-ranked Huskies.
Harris, a senior who was a freshman starter on South Carolina's national championship team in 2017, was 0-4 in her career against the Huskies (20-3). When the game ended, she thought about all the former Gamecocks who'd never celebrated a win in eight previous games over UConn.
"I see all the people who started before us, people who hadn't beat UConn and I see how happy they are," Harris said.
Things could get even happier before this season is over. It was South Carolina's 17th straight win and their ninth victory in 10 games against ranked opponents.
So are the Gamecocks the clear-cut favorite for another national crown?
"I feel like we're up there," Harris said.
The Gamecocks (23-1) came in 0-8 all-time against UConn, seven of those defeats with national championship coach Dawn Staley in charge.
But South Carolina took control immediately with its suffocating defense, limiting the Huskies to 1-of-16 shooting to lead 11-2 at the end of the first period.
Since women's basketball changed to quarters in 2015-16, UConn's fewest points in a first quarter was 8 against Tulane in February 2016. The Huskies fewest in any quarter was 6 in a loss to Baylor earlier this year.
Note: Ogdensburg native Lisa Boyer, a member of the OFA-SMA Hall of Fame is the Associate Coach of the the University of South Carolina.