- Frank Martinez
Boston leads No. 4 South Carolina to win over No. 15 Arkansas
Columbia, SC --- Led by sophomore standout Aliyah Boston, No.4 South Carolina continued their perfect start in SEC play with a 104-82 victory over No. 15 Arkansas on Monday night in Columbia.
As Gamecocks legend A’ja Wilson was honored prior to tonight’s game with a statue outside Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina fans were reminded of Wilson’s dominance during her time at USC through the strong performance from Boston.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley said. “If you look across the board at some of (her) dominating performances, those are A’ja Wilson numbers. Aliyah’s right there.”
Boston, with a team-high 26 points, 16 rebounds, and six blocks, was the difference maker for Dawn Staley’s squad late in the second half of a game that was not a pull-away victory for most of the first half.
Leading by just five points at halftime, 42-37, South Carolina would need a quick second half start to put away the Razorbacks, and they would have just that.
Within the first two minutes of the third quarter, the Gamecocks had increased their lead to 10 points and the offensive rhythm would continue throughout the second half enroute to the 22-point conference victory.
Dawn Staley’s team seems to have found their mid-season offensive spark, scoring over 100 points in each of their last two games.
South Carolina (10-1, 5-0 SEC) will look to continue their perfect conference start as host No. 22 Georgia (12-1, 4-1 SEC) this Thursday at 6:30 p.m.