The South Carolina Gamecocks withstood a shaky opening quarter, using the final three to sprint past the Buffalo Bulls, 79-63, to earn their third trip to the Elite Eight in the past four seasons.
After trailing by one point after the first quarter, USC used a 16-3 run in the second quarter to build a double-digit lead, keeping the Bulls at arm’s length from that point forward.
Buffalo made a run in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to five, but South Carolina made 8-of-13 field goals and 8-of-9 free throws in the final period to close out the Bulls.
A’ja Wilson and Alexis Jennings led the Gamecocks with 20 points each, with Wilson earning her 24th double-double of the season and 15th out of 17 NCAA Tournament games.
South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley said she would rather win ugly than lose pretty:
USC Postgame Press Conference (Dawn Staley, A’ja Wilson & Alexis Jennings)
South Carolina advances to face Connecticut on Monday night at 7 PM in the Elite Eight. The Gamecocks have never beaten UConn in six tries, losing to them earlier this season, 83-58, at Colonial Life Arena.