South Carolina basketball preserved their undefeated record with a 22-point win over Auburn on the Plains. The game was ugly at times, and Auburn put up a bigger fight than the score might indicate (especially Honesty Scott-Grayson), but a 22-point road win in the SEC is always a great outcome.
Chloe Kitts missed the game with what Dawn Staley said was an illness, and Ashlyn Watkins got her first start.
Scott-Grayson carried the Tigers and kept the game somewhat in reach because of her herculean 31-point performance. Ashlyn Watkins and MiLaysia Fulwiley were the top players for the Gamecocks as Watkins went off for 14 points, 15 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 steals while only missing one shot from the field, and Fulwiley was the leading scorer and had 2 steals and 1 block while playing really nice defense.
Neither team shot the ball well, and turnovers were far too prevalent. With the ugly score of 27-20 lighting up the scoreboard at halftime, the Gamecocks only got 9 points and 7 rebounds in the opening 2 quarters from their non-Watkins starters as #2 kept USC ahead in the opening half.
In the 2nd half, Kamilla Cardoso came alive, and Carolina pulled away behind her 9 points and 4 rebounds in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter was all Gamecocks, and the final score was a bigger margin than the game felt like most of the way.