South Carolina paired its best offensive performance of the NCAA Tournament with its customary defensive excellence in Greensboro, NC, Sunday, culminating in an 80-50 victory over Creighton in the Regional Final. The Gamecocks threw their weight around and punched their ticket to the Final Four by shooting 51% and outscoring the Bluejays 42-22 in the paint.
Aliyah Boston paced USC with 19 points. The All-American failed to post a double-double for the first time in 28 games but was remarkably efficient on the offensive end, making seven of nine from the field. Boston finished three rebounds shy of extending her historic streak. Destanni Henderson (12 points), Brea Beal (12 points) and Victaria Saxton (11 points) joined Boston in double figures. The Gamecocks dominated the backboards, outrebounding Creighton 43-23. Saxton led the effort with 11 rebounds.
USC’s fourth trip to the Final Four since 2015 was all but assured by halftime. Boston scored 14 of her 19 before intermission, making six of her first seven shots. South Carolina hit 18 of 30 (60%) in the first half, racing out to a 46-25 lead and extinguishing all hopes of an upset.
South Carolina, the no. 1 overall seed, will meet the winner of Monday’s (1) Louisville-(3) Michigan matchup on April 1st in Minneapolis, Minn.