It’s on to South Dakota and the Sweet 16 for the USC women’s basketball team. The Gamecocks treated their raucous Colonial Life Arena crowd of 10,048 to a stress free 73-47 victory over Kansas State Sunday night in the final home game for five seniors including All American guard Tiffany Mitchell.
The Gamecocks are advancing to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season and for the fourth time under Dawn Staley where they will face Syracuse on Friday.
USC led 18-13 at the end of one quarter, despite A’ja Wilson picking up two early fouls that forced her to the bench, then used a 27-13 second quarter for a 45-26 halftime lead. Mitchell had 16 points by halftime on her way to a 20 point night.
The Gamecocks locked down defensively in quarter three yielding just 9 points to lead 62-35 going to the fourth. From that point forward is just a matter of Staley giving each of her seniors one final curtain call as she pulled them out individually over the final ten minutes. .
The Gamecocks used their defensive prowess to force 16 turnovers, including 9 steals, which they converted to 20 points. USC also won the rebounding battle 47-32 and had 18 offensive boards which turned into 18 second chance points. Alaina Coates pulled down 10 boards to go along with 14 points.