Cooke and Boston lead top-ranked #Gamecocks past No. 17 Maryland (AUDIO)

Zia Cooke (18 points) knocked down four 3-pointers, Friday (University of South Carolina Athletics Communications)

COLLEGE PARK, MD.: Zia Cooke, Aliyah Boston and the top-ranked Gamecocks rolled past No. 17 Maryland 81-56, Friday. Cooke led the scoring attack with 18 points and Boston posted her 62nd career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Maryland (1-1) put up a good fight early despite playing without their star, Diamond Miller. Miller missed the game due to a knee injury, but the Terps were down just six at the half. As is often the case, however, Dawn Staley’s team owned the third quarter, riding an 11-1 run to a 56-39 lead. South Carolina outscored Maryland 30-17 in the third to take control for good. The Gamecocks’ size advantage showed up in 11 blocked shots and a 55-32 advantage on the boards.

USC (2-0) is back on the road to face rival Clemson at 7 p.m., Thursday, with a potential 1 vs. 2 matchup at Stanford looming on November 20th.

Final Stats

Gamecocks postgame press conference

Head coach Dawn Staley and forward Aliyah Boston

Bree Hall and the second unit helped limit Maryland to 30% shooting (University of South Carolina Athletics Communications)

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