Fifth-ranked South Carolina easily dispatched Georgia 67-48 on Friday in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. The top-seeded Gamecocks (27-3) whipped the Bulldogs for the second time this season and advanced to the tournament semifinals for just the second time in school history.
USC will play the Kentucky-Florida winner at noon on Saturday with the winner advancing to the championship game. The Gamecocks have never played for the title.
Like in a 67-56 win over Georgia on Feb. 27, USC took advantage of a cold Georgia shooting spell in the first half. The Gamecocks constructed a 35-18 halftime lead despite SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell having an off shooting day and the entire team afflicted with free-throw allergies, and kept padding it in the second half.
USC was led by Alaina Coates with 13 points. Elem Ibiam had 12.
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The Gamecocks tied their second-winningest season in program history with their 27th win. USC’s WNIT championship team in 1978-79 also won 27. The top mark in school history is 30 wins, set in 1979-80 by a team that ended its season in the AIAW Final Four.