South Carolina women’s basketball has developed an identity as a tough, physical team on the inside. But every now and then, the Gamecocks can rely on their backcourt for scoring, in addition to feeding the post. Friday night was one of those nights.
USC hit 8-3 pointers as the #1-Gamecocks rolled to an easy 72-41 win over South Dakota at the Mammoth Sports Construction Invitational in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The win is somewhat bittersweet as the top rated player from USC’s most recent recruiting class; Raven Johnson, exited the game with an apparent knee injury. Head coach Dawn Staley noted in the postgame that she wasn’t sure of the extent of the injury, but that Johnson would be evaluated when the team returned to Columbia.
The Gamecocks (2-0) built a quick 10-0 lead, holding South Dakota without a field goal until Liv Korngable scored with just under three minutes left in the first quarter. Korngable finished with 24 points and five rebounds to lead the Coyotes (0-2).
Destanni Henderson paced the way for the Gamecocks with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, along with a team high four three pointers.
South Dakota got the home crowd into things when they cut it to 43-30 on a Chole Lamb basket midway through the third quarter. But Henderson hit back-to-back 3s and South Carolina didn’t look back. Zia Cooke added 10 points for the Gamecocks.
USC shot 47% from the field for the game, while the Gamecocks stifled the Coyotes, limited them to just 25% shooting. South Carolina also held the Coyotes to just 14 points total in the first and fourth quarters.
Carolina returns home to host instate rival Clemson on Wednesday, November 17th at 7pm.