Dec. 31, 2017
#4/5 South Carolina 61, #22/21 Texas A&M 59
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A'ja Wilson scored 25 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1.1 seconds left, as No. 4 South Carolina rallied from 11 points down in the final 13 minutes to upend No. 22 Texas A&M 61-59 to open Southeastern Conference play Sunday.
The Gamecocks (12-1) looked like they were finished as the Aggies (11-4) took a 47-36 lead on Chennedy Carter's 3-pointer with 2:32 to play in the third quarter. But South Carolina, behind their 6-foot-5 All-American in Wilson, used a 15-2 spurt to go up 51-49.
Texas A&M was not done. Danni Williams' jumper with 1:05 to go gave the Aggies a final lead, 59-57, before Wilson tied things with a short jumper in the lane.
After two bad turnovers by the Aggies - a 10-second call and a double-dribble violation by Williams' as she tried to gather in the ball - Wilson came through once more. She drove across the lane and banked in a short basket for the winning points.
Carter finished with 36 points - 19 of those in the third quarter - but was clearly out of gas as the game wound down. She was 1 of 7 in the final period.
Doniyah Cliney had a career high 16 points and Wilson added 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as the Gamecocks won their fifth straight over Texas A&M.
QUOTABLE Dawn Staley
On the play of senior forward A'ja Wilson
Gamecock senior forward A'ja Wilson delivered the go-ahead bucket with 1.1 seconds left after converting a tough basket from inside the paint off an in-bounds play. Wilson accounted for 10 of Carolina's 20 points in the final period.
Carolina's defense was the difference down the stretch as Texas A&M shot just 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from the floor in the fourth quarter. The Aggies entered the final period with an eight-point lead after shooting 52.6 percent in the third quarter.
Carolina continues SEC play on Thu., Jan. 4, when it faces Ole Miss on the road in Oxford, Miss. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the game can be seen on SEC Network+.
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