#1 ranked #Gamecocks roll Tide right out of Columbia 83-51 (AUDIO)

Zia Cooke got the Gamecocks off to a quick start hitting her first five shots (Ryan Bethea)

Another no contest for the top-ranked USC women’s team Thursday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks jumped to a 36-19 lead over Alabama after one quarter and never took the spur off the gas running away to a 83-51 rout of the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks scored 53 points in the first half which turned out to be more than enough to beat the Crimson Tide for a 20th straight time.

USC has won nine straight games, and they’ve won each of their SEC home games by a minimum of 12 points. With the win, coupled with Tennessee’s loss to Florida, the Gamecocks took over sole possession of first place in the SEC Standings.

Aliyah Boston extended her double-double streak to 15 straight games with 20 points and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes. She also had six blocks. Zia Cooke, who hit her first five shots from the floor, was the only other Gamecock in double figures with 14 points.

USC improved to 21-1 overall and 9-1 in the SEC. The Gamecocks are off until next Thursday when they play at Kentucky. They’ll follow that up with a game the next Sunday at Georgia.

Final Box

Aliyah Boston was too big inside for the Alabama defense (Ryan Bethea)

Dawn Staley postgame press conference

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