No letdown: #Gamecocks pummel Cal Poly 79-36 (UPDATED: AUDIO)

Forward Aliyah Boston was one of five Gamecocks in double figures, Tuesday (University of South Carolina Athletics)

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA: The top-ranked Gamecocks concluded their west coast swing with a 79-36 victory over Cal Poly, Tuesday. Following USC’s dramatic overtime victory over second-ranked Stanford just two days prior, the stage was set for a potential letdown spot. Instead of coming out flat, the Gamecocks turned up the intensity early, outscoring the Mustangs 14-2 in the opening quarter.

Despite not making a foul shot and hitting just one 3-pointer over the first 20 minutes, South Carolina carried a 33-17 lead into the halftime break. The third quarter was more the of the same, with South Carolina holding Cal Poly to five points on 1 of 12 shooting and forcing seven turnovers.

Laeticia Amihere knocked down 6 of her 7 shots from the field to lead all scorers with 13 points. Aliyah Boston posted another double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zia Cooke (11 points), Victaria Saxton (10 points) and Ashlyn Watkins (10 points) joined Amihere and Boston in double figures. Brea Beal contributed seven rebounds and dished out five assists.

South Carolina (5-0) will return home for Thanksgiving before embarking on a four-game homestand, starting with Hampton, Sunday. Tipoff from the Colonial Life Arena is set for noon.

Final Stats

Dawn Staley postgame press conference

Victaria Saxton scored all 10 of her points in the first half as USC built a commanding lead (University of South Carolina Athletics)

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