Women’s basketball gets its first SEC win

Gamecocks rebound from Tennessee loss against Mississippi State

01/06/2013 7:58 PM

01/06/2013 11:13 PM

Aleighsa Welch led No. 18 South Carolina with 16 points and seven rebounds as the Gamecocks rolled over Mississippi State 60-46 Sunday for their first Southeastern Conference victory of the year.

Welch was 5-of-9 shooting and made 6 of 8 from the foul line. Sancheon White added 11 points as nine different players scored for South Carolina (13-2, 1-1), which dropped its SEC opener to No. 12 Tennessee Jan. 3.

The Gamecocks shot 35.9 percent (14 of 39) from the floor and missed each of their two 3-point attempts, but won the rebound battle 40-30 and drained 32 of 50 free-throw attempts.

South Carolina has now held 11 opponents to fewer than 50 points this year. The Gamecocks entered with a 34.2-percent defensive field goal rate, and held the Bulldogs to 32 percent (16 of 50).

Kendra Grant led Mississippi State (8-7, 0-2) with 15 points. Jerica James added 14.

South Carolina 28 32 60
Mississippi St. 20 26 46
Min FG-A FT-A OR-TR A PF PTS
Bruner 22 1-3 5-12 0-5 0 3 7
Welch 31 5-9 6-8 3-7 3 4 16
Walker 28 2-6 4-6 1-4 1 2 8
White 29 5-9 1-2 3-6 0 3 11
Mitchell 35 0-4 5-6 1-5 0 2 5
Sessions 12 0-1 5-7 0-0 1 2 5
Montout 15 0-1 2-2 1-4 0 0 2
Dozier 9 0-0 1-2 0-2 0 0 1
Ibiam 19 1-6 3-5 1-3 0 0 5
Totals 200 14-39 32-50 12-40 5 16 60

Percentages: FG .359, FT .640. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (Sessions 0-1, White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Ibiam 2, Dozier). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 4, Sessions 3, Bruner 2, Mitchell 2, White). Steals: 6 (White 3, Mitchell, Walker, Bruner). Technical Fouls: None.

Min FG-A FT-A OR-TR A PF PTS
Alwal 23 1-4 2-2 3-8 0 4 4
C Williams 9 0-1 0-0 1-4 0 5 0
Gaynor 21 1-4 0-0 0-1 1 2 3
Grant 40 4-10 7-8 1-1 0 3 15
James 36 6-17 0-0 0-4 1 3 14
S Williams 30 2-6 1-4 1-6 0 5 5
May 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 3
Foster 12 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 1 0
Robinson 17 1-3 0-0 0-1 1 4 2
Ward 8 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Totals 200 16-50 10-14 8-30 5 29 46

Percentages: FG .320, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (James 2-6, May 1-1, Gaynor 1-4, Ward 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 7 (Alwal 4, S. Williams 3). Turnovers: 13 (S. Williams 3, James 2, May 2, Grant 2, Foster, C. Williams). Steals: 2 (S. Williams, Robinson). Technical Fouls: None. A—1,325. Officials—Eric Koch, Roy Gulbeyan, Charlie Hust.

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