COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Tiffany Mitchell scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Aleighsa Welch also finished with a double-double and No. 21 South Carolina beat South Carolina State 65-45 on Friday.
Welch finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds -- eight offensive -- for the Gamecocks (11-1), who bounced back with a strong performance after losing to No. 1 Stanford 53-49 this week. Elem Ibiam scored 11 points and Ieasia Walker had six steals.
South Carolina State's Paris Alston made a jumper to cut the score to 26-21 with 2:47 left in the first half. But South Carolina held the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly eight minutes between the two halves, scoring 15 straight points to claim a 20-point lead -- its largest of the contest.
South Carolina State did not score until Tiara Knott made a layup with 15:02 left in the game.
Knott finished with 14 points before fouling out for the Bulldogs (8-3).
espnW's Mechelle Voepel says it is alarming that women's basketball stands alone in the latest Notice of Allegations that North Carolina received from the NCAA and explains how the notice has impacted the Tar Heels' recruiting.
ESPN women's basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme explains why he placed Connecticut at number four in his current preseason rankings and whether it would be good for the sport if the Huskies didn't win the national title next season.
|North Carolina A&T||12-4||-||19-12|
|South Carolina State||7-9||5||13-16|
|North Carolina Central||3-13||9||5-23|