PHILADELPHIA - The South Carolina women's basketball team bounced back from Monday's upset loss to Boston University with a resounding defeat of Brown, 73-46, on Tuesday in the third-place game of the St. Joseph's Hawk Classic.
The Gamecocks (7-5) used a 24-0 run spanning both halves to break open a close game.
Junior Valerie scored 17 points to lead USC and earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Sophomore Charenee Stephens added 15 points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes.
Brown (3-9) hung around for much of the first half and held a 18-17 lead with 9:08 remaining after a jumper by Aileen Daniels.. The Gamecocks heated up as halftime approached, scoring the final 13 points.
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Nainima's 3-pointer from the left baseline with 2:43 remaining extended USC's lead to more than five points for the first time.
Stephens snagged one of her six offensive rebounds in the half and scored for a 33-24 lead, and Ieasia Walker broke free for a layup after a steal by Stephens. Samone Kennedy converted a three-point play, and Kelsey Bone put back an offensive rebound to expand the lead to 40-24 going into halftime.
The Gamecocks kept it going in the second half by scoring the first 11 points. La'Keisha Sutton capped the run with a 3-pointer from the left baseline.
USC shot 52 percent from the field in the second half after a 35.7 percent effort in the first half. Brown shot 29.8 percent and was outrebounded 53-33. Bone led the Gamecocks with 12 boards - her third consecutive game in double digits.
South Carolina returns home this weekend to open its SEC schedule against No. 11 LSU at 6 p.m. Sunday. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.