It was happening again.
South Carolina comfortably led 31-17 at halftime on Friday. The Gamecocks had blocked nine Arkansas shots and the offense was doing well. A strong second-half start and the game would be over.
The Razorbacks trailed 33-25 seven minutes in.
USC won by 22 and blocked a school-record 15 shots. Arkansas shot 19 percent and made one of its final 19 shots. The Gamecocks are in the semifinals for the third time in four years, the only three semifinal appearances they’ve had.
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So what’s the problem?
That lack of killer instinct. Again. The game got way too close, and against a team that could shoot better than Arkansas, might have gotten away.
Dawn Staley seemed unconcerned, saying she trusted her team’s ability to take a good shot and break an opponent’s run. The Gamecocks eventually did that.
What happens when “eventually” comes too late?