COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston had 26 factors, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks, and No. Four South Carolina beat No. 15 Arkansas 104-82 on Monday evening for its 24th straight win over SEC foes.
On a day when South Carolina (10-1, 5-Zero Southeastern Convention) celebrated its most well-known submit participant by dedicating a bronze statue of A’ja Wilson on the area, the Gamecocks present power down low took management of the issues in beating the Razorbacks (11-5, 2-4).
The 6-foot-5 Boston completed her fifth double-double of the season by halftime and the Gamecocks pulled away to win for the 14th time of their previous 15 conferences with Arkansas.
The Razorbacks and Chelsea Dungee had been the final league staff to defeat South Carolina, successful 95-89 within the SEC Event quarterfinals two years in the past. The Gamecocks have not misplaced to a convention opponent since together with 4 conferences with Arkansas.
Boston’s play was once more a giant purpose why. She had six factors, eight rebounds and 5 blocks within the first quarter because the Gamecocks opened a 28-17 lead.
Behind Dungee, the Razorbacks had been in a position to maintain issues tight. Dungee had 5 factors in a 9-2 burst that lower into South Carolina’s double-digit lead.
Arkansas trailed 62-59 after Erynn Barnum’s basket late within the third quarter. That is when South Carolina scored 9 straight factors to realize management. Boston had a three-point play and one other bucket within the run.
Dungee, the SEC’s main scorer, had 22 factors to steer Arkansas.
Brea Beal had 22 factors, setting a South Carolina profession excessive in scoring for a second straight recreation following the 17 factors she had in a 106-43 win at Vanderbilt final Thursday evening.
Boston, a sophomore, had her 18th profession recreation with double determine factors and rebounds.
THE BIG PICTURE
Arkansas: The Razorbacks have struggled in SEC play, shedding to 4 groups presently ranked of their first six league video games. The high-scoring Dungee was solely 8-of-18 taking pictures towards the Gamecocks and Arkansas will want extra contributions to get issues going within the troublesome convention.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks appear like a special staff than they did in early December once they took their solely loss, 54-46, to No. 2 North Carolina State. South Carolina’s Boston, Beal and Zia Cooke are all taking part in at a championship-caliber stage.
Wilson was moved to tears on the dedication ceremony on MLK Day, remembering how her late grandmother needed to stroll round campus to get the place she was going as a result of she was Black. Wilson wished she had been alive to see ”the identical grounds that homes a statue of her granddaughter.” Wilson was a three-time All-America with the Gamecocks, main the staff to a few SEC titles and the NCAA Event title in 2017.
Arkansas is off for every week earlier than taking part in at No. 22 Georgia on Jan. 25.
South Carolina performs a rescheduled recreation with No. 22 Georgia on Thursday evening.
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