South Carolina Basketball: 3 thumbs up, 3 thumbs down from domination of Kentucky

South Carolina basketball dominated Kentucky by 48 points in Rupp Arena to stay undefeated.

South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley with guard Tessa Johnson and forward Chloe Kitts
South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley with guard Tessa Johnson and forward Chloe Kitts / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports
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On Thursday, South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley and her team clinched a share of the SEC regular season championship when they blew out the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Sunday, they made sure they won the title outright with a 103-55 beatdown of the Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena.

Kamilla Cardoso was out again with soreness, but the Gamecocks didn't miss a beat. 7 different players (Bree Hall, MiLaysia Fulwiley, Sania Feagin, Chloe Kitts, Ashlyn Watkins, Te-Hina Paopao, and Raven Johnson) finished the game with at least 9 points, and 7 players finished the game with at least 3 assists (Fulwiley, Feagin, Kitts, Johnson, Watkins, Paopao, and Tessa Johnson) as USC shot 64%/67% and assisted on 30 of their 38 buckets.

The onslaught was non-stop as Carolina scored at least 25 points in 3 of 4 quarters and held Kentucky under 15 in 3 of 4 periods. The attack came from all sides as every player shot at least 50% from the field and recorded at least one block or steal.

Ajae Petty and Maddie Scherr did what they could for the Wildcats (combined for 27 points on 11-19 shooting and 12 rebounds), but the rest of the team combined to score 28 points while shooting 24% from the field and 28% from 3.

The Gamecocks did not score 100 points against UK the first time they played (they scored 98), but they crossed the triple-digit threshold with some free throws from MiLaysia Fulwiley and a 3-pointer from Bree Hall.

Chloe Kitts logged a double-double, and Sania Feagin set career-high totals in scoring (16) and blocked shots (5). Bree Hall led the game in scoring with 18, and MiLaysia Fulwiley added 17, including a 12-12 day from the free throw line.

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