No. 1 South Carolina falls in overtime to No. 2 UCONN
In the highly-anticipated rematch of two women's basketball powerhouse programs, the Gamecocks were looking to win their second-straight game against Connecticut on Monday night, but poor shooting and turnovers plagued South Carolina.
In a scrappy overtime game, No. 1 South Carolina was defeated by No. 2 UConn 59-63.
The Huskies were led by freshman guard Paige Bueckers as she scored 31 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.
Head Coach Geno Auriemma was impressed by her pace of the game, “She goes at a pace that allows her to use her skill”, Auriemma said. “She’s that kid.”
Head Coach Dawn Staley also was impressed by Bueckers saying, “She makes big shots when her number is called time and time again.”
The Gamecocks came into the game averaging 82.4 points per, but shot just 25/68 (36.8%) from the field and combined for 21 turnovers.
"We were just off” said Staley.
Despite the offensive woes, Staley was impressed by the defensive effort causing the Huskies to shoot only 29/73 (39.7%) and leading the rebounding category with a team combined 52 rebounds.
Aliyah Boston led the team with a double-double and team-highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson also each scored 11 points.
South Carolina will look to bounce back as they return to Colonial Life Arena to face Missouri on Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 PM on the SEC Network.