South Carolina Women Make Number 1 Statement
#1 South Carolina put together another statement win, running past #22 Tennessee for a 69-48 win Women's Basketball Win on Sunday. The game was physical from the start, but Tennessee had no answer for South Carolina’s speed and athleticism. It was the Lady Gamecocks eighth win over a ranked opponent.
Zia Cooke got off to a fast start, and the Gamecocks were outstanding at turning defense into offense. A steal and blocked shot in the final 30 seconds of the first quarter both led to layups, and gave the Gamecocks a 21-9 lead after one. They stretched the lead to 15 at halftime the same way, turning turnovers into points.
Tennessee put together a run to start the third quarter. After ignoring almost all contact during the first half, the officials began calling the game much more closely in the third quarter, and it took South Carolina a while to adjust. Tennessee scored the first six points of the quarter to cut the lead to nine, and kept it to around 12 for much of the quarter.
“We started the third quarter playing with a lot of confidence, made some shots, got some stops, and started feeling pretty good,” Tennessee coach Kellie Harper said. “You knew they were going to make a run, we weren’t going to be able to continue that, and we really just kind of ran out of gas.”
NOTE: Lisa Boyer of Ogdensburg and a member of the Ogdensburg Free Academy-St. Mary's Academy Hall of Fame is the Associate Coach To Dawn Staley for South Carolina.