South Carolina Basketball: Three thumbs up, three thumbs down vs. Florida

South Carolina basketball remained undefeated on Thursday with a win on the road against Florida.

South Carolina basketball wing Bree Hall
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Florida Gators
Thumbs Down 1: Turnovers

Dawn Staley's team leads the SEC in assist-turnover ratio at around a 1.5 ratio. However, on Thursday, the Gamecocks dished out just 14 assists compared to 18 turnovers. That number will have to improve if USC is going to beat out LSU for the SEC title this season.

Individually, Te-Hina Paopao, MiLaysia Fulwiley, Sania Feagin, and Kamilla Cardoso all had at least three giveaways against Florida. Feagins transgressions were particularly egregious as they came in just 8 minutes. The other three are some of the highest-usage players in garnet and black, so turnovers are going to come, but sharper passing and ball handling will be needed moving forward.

South Carolina Basketball vs. Florida Gators
Thumbs Down 2: Offensive Inconsistencies

South Carolina shot 50% for the game against Florida, and they scored 89 points, so this thumbs down should be taken with a grain of salt. However, there were some poor offensive stretches for the Gamecocks on Thursday night.

A 3-minute scoring drought to end the 1st half was only broken by a clutch 3-pointer from Bree Hall. That same stretch also saw Carolina give the ball away three times. They also had another 3-minute scoreless stretch at the of the 3rd period through the beginning of the 4th.

South Carolina Basketball vs. Florida Gators
Thumbs Down 3: Leilani Correa in the 2nd

The Gamecocks are among the country's top defensive teams. In fact, Carolina is rated as the top defensive unit in the sport (and the top offensive one). In the 2nd quarter against Florida, though, that defensive excellence was hard to see.

Gators guard Leilani Correa went off against the Gamecocks, scoring 17 points in a row. It didn't matter who Coach Staley threw at Correa as Raven Johnson, Te-Hina Paopao, and Tessa Johnson all got cooked by the St. John's transfer. For the game, Correa scored 28 to lead all scorers, but the 2nd quarter was a tough one for USC as she outscored South Carolina basketball by herself 17-16.

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