COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alaina Coates came off the bench to score 20 points in her college debut Friday night, leading No. 22 South Carolina to a season-opening 99-29 victory over Charleston Southern.
A prized recruit for coach Dawn Staley, Coates, a 6-foot-4 center out of Irmo, S.C., helped Dutch Fork High School go undefeated last year and capture its second straight state title.
The game was a runaway from the opening tip, and South Carolina closed the first half on a 30-5 run to take a 52-13 lead at halftime.
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Charleston Southern shot 10 of 54 from the field. Alyssa Mann led the Buccaneers of the Big South Conference with nine points.
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