USC did what they do best in an 87-69 win over Kentucky Thursday night in Columbia. The top ranked Gamecocks crushed the Wildcats inside scoring 62 points in the paint, 52 points on layups, and winning the boards 50-32. The Gamecocks had 19 offensive rebounds they turned into 21 points, 14 blocks and eight steals as they extended their winning streak to 28 games
The Gamecocks led 39-33 late in the second quarter and outscored the Wildcats 11-2 the rest of the quarter with all five baskets layups. The Wildcats again closed to within six in the third quarter at 54-48, but over the last five minutes the Gamecocks went on a 13-2 run to close out the quarter leading 67-50. Add in the first eight points of the fourth quarter and the lead was 25, and Dawn Staley was able to go liberally to her bench.
Aliyah Boston added to her school record for double-doubles with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Kamilla Cardoso also had 14 points and three rebounds.
USC is now 22-0 overall and 10-0 in the SEC. The Gamecocks will play at Connecticut Sunday afternoon.