Lexington grad Olivia Thompson scores double digits in South Carolina debut
No. 8/10 South Carolina women's basketball handled its business Tuesday night against Alabama State, winning 103-43 at Colonial Life Arena Tuesday night.
Freshman Aliyah Boston got her college career started with a triple-double, scoring 12 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and blocking 10 shots. It is only the 7th triple-double in program history, and the 1st by a freshman.
Boston's 12 points tied for 3rd on the team tonight, while senior Tyasha Harris poured in 11 and dished out a team-high 4 assists.
South Carolina opened the game on a 10-0 run fueled by five quick points from Boston. The Hornets got on the board with 5:15 left in the first and rattled off an 8-2 run to make it 12-8, but back-to-back buckets from sophomore Destanni Henderson put an end to the surge and helped South Carolina close out the first quarter with a 17-11 lead.
After trading buckets in the opening moments of the second period, freshman Brea Beal drained a 3, the 1st field goal of her career, to kick off a 15-5 run to close out the half. Four other Gamecocks added to the surge with Henderson and Herbert Harrigan each hitting a 3, 4 quick points from redshirt-freshman Laeticia Amihere and a jumper from Cooke with two seconds left on the clock to send the Garnet and Black into the break with a 42-24 lead.
The Gamecocks came out on fire in the third. Boston opened the frame with a jumper, followed by a bucket from Herbert Harrigan. After an Alabama State bucket at the 9:20 mark, South Carolina clamped down and scored 20 unanswered points to take control of the game and head into the 4th with a 79-33 lead. Carolina outscored the Hornets 39-9 in the 3rd.
South Carolina kept its hot hand in the final frame, helped by Thompson entering the game and tallying 10 points in just 7 minutes on the court. The Gamecocks used 24 points off the bench in the fourth to cruise to a 103-43 win.
Up next is a Sunday trip to College Park, Md. to face 4th ranked Maryland for a nationally-televised game on ESPN starting at 3 pm.