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

South Carolina basketball dismantled the Kentucky Wildcats to remain the country's only undefeated team.

South Carolina basketball forward Ashlyn Watkins dunking against Kentucky
South Carolina basketball forward Ashlyn Watkins dunking against Kentucky / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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On Monday night, South Carolina basketball dismantled the Kentucky Wildcats to remain the country's only undefeated team.

The game was tight after one quarter (17-13 in favor of the home Gamecocks), but Dawn Staley's team owned the final three periods of the game, outscoring the blue and white-clad visitors by a score of 81-23.

Kamilla Cardoso dominated early while the score was pretty close, but when her teammates joined the party, Kentucky could keep up no longer. Ashlyn Watkins threw down her second career dunk near the end of the 1st quarter, and then the Gamecocks went over 3 minutes without a score. After that point, MiLaysia Fulwiley and Tessa Johnson scored 9 straight points on their way to 6 3-point makes between the two of them.

At one point, the Gamecocks made 10 straight shots and 14 of 15 tries from the field. During the stretch of 14 made shots, Kentucky saw just two attempts fall through the hoop. The Carolina defense was just as responsible for the run as the offense as the perimeter gaffes from the last game against Missouri were not present against Kentucky.

South Carolina basketball's utter dominance against their SEC rival pushed them to a huge 98-36 win.

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