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.
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.
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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