Feb. 11, 2018
#7/8 South Carolina 64, Florida 57
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A'ja Wilson scored 22 points and No. 7 South Carolina used a big run spanning the half to beat Florida 64-57 on Sunday.
South Carolina (20-5, 9-3 SEC) appeared sluggish after playing its third game of the week and being down to nine healthy players. With a slim first-quarter lead, coach Dawn Staley deliberately kept Wilson on the bench for the start of the second quarter, knowing the Gamecocks could have to play stretches without her going forward.
Not coincidentally, that's when the Gators (10-15, 2-10) made a run to take a 10-point lead.
Wilson re-entered the game and led a 10-0 burst to tie the game, then scored at the buzzer for a halftime tie after the Gators briefly re-took the lead. Another South Carolina run out of the locker room gave it a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Ty Harris had 18 for South Carolina.
Florida's Funda Nakkasoglu scored 21, hitting five 3-pointers.
Before the game, South Carolina announced that guard Lindsey Spann would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
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After the Gators cut the Gamecock lead to 52-48, Carolina responded with a 10-2 run to establish a 62-50 advantage with 3:06 to play. Sophomore guard Tyasha Harris accounted for eight points during the stretch after converting back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup.
The Gamecocks were disciplined on the defensive end Sunday, holding the Gators to just two free throw attempts for the game. Florida’s two shots from the line were the lowest for a Carolina opponent this season.
Carolina continues SEC play on Thu., Feb. 15, when it faces No. 18/18 Georgia on the road in Athens, Ga. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.
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