LOS ANGELES -- Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and Aleighsa Welch had 14 points as No.17 South Carolina beat USC 70-50 on Monday night.
The Gamecocks (7-0) opened the second half on an 11-2 run capped by a pair of Mitchell free throws. Mitchell completed a three-point play on a leaner in the paint for a 59-41 lead. She went 10 for 13 from the free throw line.
Welch scored 10 points in the second half and South Carolina went 13 for 20 in the final 20 minutes.
Ariya Crook led the Trojans (3-2) with 16 points and Cassie Harberts scored 14 points. South Carolina forced USC into 3 for 12 shooting with six turnovers and seven fouls to start the second half.
USC committed a season-high 22 turnovers and has 40 in the past two games, both against ranked opponents.
South Carolina took a 30-24 lead into halftime.
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.