South Carolina Basketball: Gamecocks win big over rival Kentucky Wildcats to remain country's only undefeated team

South Carolina basketball is the only undefeated team in women's college basketball, and a huge win over Kentucky moved the Gamecocks to 16-0 (4-0).

South Carolina basketball guard Te-Hina Paopao dribbling behind a screen from forward Chloe Kitts.
South Carolina basketball guard Te-Hina Paopao dribbling behind a screen from forward Chloe Kitts. / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
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South Carolina Basketball vs. Kentucky Wildcats:
Stats, Scoring, and Observations

South Carolina basketball is the lone undefeated team in women's college basketball. After dominating Kentucky on Monday, Dawn Staley's team moved to 16-0 (and 4-0 in SEC play). The Gamecocks won big against the 'Cats 98-36.

Here are the stats from the game:

STATS

Kentucky

Points

Leader: Saniah Tyler with 13

Rebounds

Leader: Ajae Petty and Maddie Scherr each with 4

Assists

Leader: Maddie Scherr with 2

Steals

Leader: Four players each with 2

Blocks

Leader: Maddie Scherr with 2

Other

The Wildcats shot an abysmal number from every level (25%/22%/33%); Kentucky also turned the ball over 24 times; UK's best three players (Maddie Scherr, Ajaye Petty, and Saniah Tyler)fou combined for 9-39 shooting and 9 turnovers

South Carolina

Points

Leader: MiLaysia Fulwiley and Te-Hina Paopao each with 14

Rebounds

Leader: Kamilla Cardoso with 11

Assists

Leader: Raven Johnson with 6

Steals

Leader: MiLaysia Fulwiley with 3

Blocks

Leader: Kamilla Cardoso with 5

Other

The Gamecocks won the final 3 quarters 81-23; Carolina shot 59% from the field and 59% from the arc

BOX SCORE

OBSERVATIONS

  • Starters: Raven Johnson-Te-Hina Paopao-Bree Hall-Chloe Kitts-Kamilla Cardoso
  • The Gamecocks continue to struggle with turnovers, and that trend started early on Monday.
  • Kamilla Cardoso had 8 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks at halftime after playing 15 minutes.
  • MiLaysia Fulwiley and Tessa Johnson each hit their first three 3-point shots; those were the only 6 makes from outside in the 1st half for USC.
  • Ashlyn Watkins threw down her 2nd career dunk in the 1st half.
  • Carolina outscored Kentucky by 21 in the 2nd quarter.
  • After giving up a score on the first possession of the 3rd quarter, Carolina went on a 10-0 run, gave up another bucket, then went on a second 10-0 run.
  • The Gamecocks did not allow UK star Ajae Petty to score until the 1:42 mark of the 3rd quarter.
  • South Carolina outscored Kentucky 62-19 in the middle two quarters (29-8 in the 2nd and 33-11 in the 3rd).
  • It got worse in the 4th as Carolina won the final period 19-4.
  • Te-Hina Paopao hit two 3-pointers, meaning she has made multiple outside jumpers in every game this season.

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