COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Elem Ibiam scored 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead No. 21 South Carolina to an 88-67 win over Seton Hall Sunday.
After Jasmine McCall's jumper with 15:59 remaining pulled Seton Hall (3-1) within six, 49-43, South Carolina went on a 12-3 run, spurred on by back-to-back 3-pointers by Tiffany Welch, to open up a 57-43 lead with 12:48 to play.
Janee Johnson trimmed the Gamecocks' lead to 11 points with a three-point play about six minutes late but Ibiam then rattled off seven consecutive points in a 12-2 surge as South Carolina pushed its lead to 84-63 with 2:38 left.
Khadijah Sessions scored 17 points while Tiffany Mitchell and Aleighsa Welch added 15 apiece for South Carolina, which shot 57.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
Tabitha Richardson-Smith paced Seton Hall with 24 points and eight rebounds. Ka-Deidre Simmons added 19 points.
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.