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South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) attempts a shot against Arkansas forward Erynn Barnum (4) and Jailyn Mason (14) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 4 South Carolina, Boston beat No. 15 Arkansas 104-82

Jan. 18, 2021 9:52 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On a day South Carolina unveiled a bronze statue of A'ja Wilson, current standout Aliyah Boston shined in a manner not unlike the Gamecocks great. “The numbers speak for themselves,” coach Dawn Staley said. “If you look across the board at some of (her) dominating...

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley talks to her players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Saxton has 20 points, No. 5 South Carolina routs Vandy women

Jan. 14, 2021 10:48 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is pushing her fifth-ranked Gamecocks to keep improving no matter the score. That focus was tested Thursday night, and the Gamecocks came through with a strong performance. Victaria Saxton scored 20 points and South Carolina routed Vanderbilt 106-43...

South Carolina's Aliyah Boston, left, shoots near Kentucky's Rhyne Howard during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

No. 5 South Carolina women rally past No. 10 Kentucky 75-70

Jan. 10, 2021 8:21 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Destanni Henderson scored 22 points and Aliyah Boston added 20, including 10 in the third quarter to put No. 5 South Carolina ahead to stay as the Gamecocks rallied for a 75-70 victory over No. 10 Kentucky on Sunday night. The Gamecocks trailed 41-32 at halftime and 54-46 late in the...

South Carolina guard Brea Beal (12) and forward Victaria Saxton (5) battle Alabama forward Jasmine Walker (40) under the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

Henderson helps No. 5 South Carolina beat Alabama 77-60

Jan. 4, 2021 10:31 PM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — After helping set up her teammates in South Carolina's last game, it was Destanni Henderson's turn to step into the spotlight. Henderson had 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the fifth-ranked Gamecocks to a 77-60 victory over Alabama on Monday night. “She...

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) attempts to shoot against Florida forward Floor Toonders, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 5 South Carolina women win 13th straight over Florida

Dec. 31, 2020 6:48 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston, despite her strong early numbers, knew she wasn't where she had hoped to be this season. She took a huge step in the right direction against Florida on Thursday. Boston, the 6-foot-5 sophomore, had a career-best 28 points along with 16 rebounds and No. 5 South...

Stanford guard Kiana Williams (23) drives to the basket against Southern California during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

No. 1 Stanford beats USC 80-60 for 6th straight victory

Dec. 19, 2020 11:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kiana Williams felt a little sheepish as a point guard with no assists. She made up for it with a breakout offensive game. Williams scored a season-high 27 points and No. 1 Stanford defeated Southern California 80-60 on Saturday night for its sixth straight victory. Williams has been...

South Carolina guard Zia Cooke (1) defends Temple guard Asonah Alexander (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 103-41. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Cooke leads No. 5 South Carolina to 103-41 win over Temple

Dec. 17, 2020 9:58 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — When Zia Cooke is confident in practice, it usually shows the next time South Carolina takes the court. Cooke felt good all week leading up to facing Temple, then showed that off by tying her career high with five 3-pointers on the way to 23 points as the fifth-ranked Gamecocks...

South Carolina guard Destiny Littleton finds a shot around Iowa State's defense during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/ Matthew Putney)

No. 1 South Carolina rolls past No. 23 Iowa State, 83-65

Dec. 6, 2020 2:55 PM EST

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 19 points and No. 1 South Carolina got back into a groove with a 83-65 win over 23rd-ranked Iowa State on Sunday. The Gamecocks (4-1) were beaten by No. 8 N.C. State 54-46 on Thursday, but never trailed against the Cyclones (2-2) during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge matchup....

North Carolina State players celebrate with the coaching staff after  an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

No. 8 North Carolina State women beat No. 1 South Carolina

Dec. 3, 2020 10:12 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Wes Moore channeled two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells after the Wolfpack's landmark victory over No. 1 South Carolina. Raina Perez hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:07 left and Kayla Jones had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the eighth-ranked...

In this photo provided by DePaul Athletics, DePaul's Lexi Held (10) drives as Texas A&M's Jordan Nixon (5) defends during a women's NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Chicago. It's a common sight to see players and coaches wear masks on the sideline so far this season during college basketball games to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The DePaul and Creighton women's basketball teams are among a few squads that have taken it a step further with their players wearing the masks while they are on the court playing. (Steve Woltmann/DePaul Athletics via AP)

Basketball in a mask? Rare but not unheard of in pandemic

Dec. 1, 2020 5:00 PM EST

It is not unusual to see players and coaches wearing masks on the sideline as the college basketball season gets going. The DePaul and Creighton women's teams have taken it a step further: Their players are wearing masks while they are on the court competing. “The first week I complained every day, but now...