The South Carolina Gamecocks women’s basketball team advanced to their fifth-straight Sweet 16 after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers, 66-56 on Sunday evening.
The late-night tip caused a sluggish start for both teams, as neither could pull away after a 1st Half where neither team led by more than six.
A’ja Wilson took over in the middle part of the 4th Quarter to give the Gamecocks the space they needed to close out the Cavaliers. She scored eight points in a span of 5:02 of game time, to grow a three-point lead into a 12-point advantage with 3:57 to play.
Wilson, in her final game at Colonial Life Arena as a Gamecock, led South Carolina with 25 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists and three blocks. Bianca Jackson added 13 points, with Ty Harris and Alexis Jennings pouring in 10 each.
Gamecocks’ Head Coach Dawn Staley believed the Cavaliers gave her team all they could handle:
USC Postgame Press Conference (Dawn Staley, A’ja Wilson, Ty Harris)
South Carolina (28-6) advanced to take on either Florida State or Buffalo in Saturday’s regional semifinal in Albany.