The number one South Carolina cockfighting team easily walked away with a score of 16-3 in the fourth quarter. 73-57 They defeated the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies on Paradise Island in the Bahamas on Monday.
With this victory, South Carolina (6-0, 0-0 SEC) won the Battle 4 Atlantis and maintained its leading position in the national rankings. Its release has been postponed to Tuesday.
The Gamecocks team opened with Kamilla Cardoso, Destanni Henderson and Aliyah Boston’s basket, giving them a 9-point lead. Destiny Littleton then answered Evina Westbrook’s three-pointer with her own three-pointer, pushing the lead back to nine points. South Carolina can’t execute better from there, and won’t allow this man to complete the trade with Henderson free throws, Henderson three-pointers and Boston inside.
The Big Three in South Carolina completed this work. Boston led with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Henderson had 15 points, 6 assists and 6 steals, and Zia Cook had 17 points. Paige Bueckers had 19 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in the loss. Westbrook scored 14 points and 3 assistants, while Olivia Nelson-Odda added 5 blocks and 4 assistants to the Huskies (3-1, 0-0 Big East).
The Boston team led South Carolina 5-0 early in the third quarter and allowed the team’s backcourt to play an important role. Boston was patient before moving from the right to the left of the basket to avoid defenders and score, reducing the cockfighting team’s score to 38-37 at one minute and four seconds. Then she put in extra effort to grab a rebound from Henderson’s three-pointer in the right corner and turn the layup into a three-pointer, giving South Carolina a 40-38 lead.
Cook countered Boston’s energy by scoring a layup after another Boston-made. This was followed by another backcourt steal, this time with Henderson, which caused Cook to fall behind by two points 46-40. This matched the Gamecocks’ biggest lead in that game, and was their first 6-point lead since the early 6-0 period.
The University of Connecticut will fight throughout the third quarter, but Littleton’s three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave South Carolina a three-point lead into the final game.
Gamecocks won the second game 19-16, reducing the six-point gap by half. Cook scored 6 points and 11 points at the intermission. Boston also had 11 points and 9 rebounds during the intermission.
The Huskies scored 11-0 from 4:56 to 2:26, leading 20-8. Westbrook hit a four-point running bean, and Bixie scored seven points in a row. South Carolina was then able to enter the second inning with a six-game winning streak, making the game more respectable, including a two-pointer from Boston.
South Carolina separated by 6-0, Cook and Boston made a three-pointer.
Gamecocks 42-25 passed Huskies and forced 19 turnovers. They won an offensive rebound with a score of 19-6 and a second chance with a score of 17-2.