South Carolina (W) 68
Washington St. 53
ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I. - Coming off its first loss of the season, South Carolina women’s basketball snagged its first win of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands by relying on some local talent.
In a 68-53 win over Washington State on Friday, the Gamecocks (7-1) were led by senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and freshman forward Aliyah Boston, both playing in front of family and friends from the Caribbean. Herbert Harrigan led all scorers with 20 points, and Boston, a native of of the Virgin Islands, added 15 points and eight rebounds.
USC’s win sets up a showdown with No. 2 Baylor on Saturday. The Lady Bears, who feature South Carolina transfer Te’a Cooper as their point guard, defeated Indiana on Friday and are undefeated on the season, while the Gamecocks will be going for their second top-10 win of the year.
North Dakota 95
SC State (W) 53
With five players reaching double figures, and the team nearly reaching the 100-point plateau for the second-straight game, the University of North Dakota (6-2) won 95-53 at South Carolina State on Friday, more than 1,500 miles away from home.
The Bulldogs (1-6) were outrebounded by the Fighting Hawks, 46-21.
Heniaya Moten led the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Chrisana Scott added 10 points, and Olivia Gabriel added 9 points.
UND shot 54-percent from the field, including a 55-percent clip (11-of-20) from behind the three-point line. Melissa Leet recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 11 boards, while Julia Fleecs led all scorers with 17 points. North Dakota also dished 24 assists on its 35 baskets.
UND got off to a hot start, hitting four of its first seven shots behind the arc with an impressive 8-of-15 field goal percentage as it led 21-9 after the opening period. The Fighting Hawks continued its torrid scoring rate, lowering its turnovers from seven to two in the second quarter to lead 45-19 lead at halftime.
The Hawks had their best scoring in the third quarter thanks to five three-point field goals, two of which were drained by Lilly Keplin as she finished with 11 points. Maggie Manson also contributed to the outside performance as she drilled both of her attempts to finish with 10 points.
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North Dakota built its lead up to 40 points after a pair of free throws by Olivia Lane with 2:58 remaining in regulation and taking its largest lead of 43 points with 43 seconds left on the clock. The Fighting Hawks also closed the night with 64 points in the paint, helped by Megan Zander 10 points and three assists.
Leet also contributed to the assist total, as she dished four helpers while also recording four blocks.
UND will close its stay in South Carolina on Saturday at Charleston Southern.
SC State plays host to Mercer on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Clemson (W) 44
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – No. 9 Maryland jumped out to an early lead and downed Clemson 63-44 on Friday evening inside the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The win moved the Terrapins to 6-1 on the year, while the loss dropped the Tigers to 2-5.
Amari Robinson led Clemson with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Kendall Spray added 11 and six rebounds. The Tigers shot .727 (16-22) from the FT line on the day and pulled down 16 offensive rebounds.
Defensively, Clemson held the Terrapins below .500 from the floor at 21-62 (.339) and .280 from three (7-25). The Tigers out-rebounded Maryland, 43-36 and held the Terrapins 26 points below their season average.
The Tigers cut the lead to nine on a layup by Shania Meertens to open the quarter, but Maryland put together a 16-0 run to thwart the Tiger comeback.
Clemson is back in action on Saturday night, taking on Alcorn State in an 8 p.m. matchup in Daytona Beach.
Indiana (W) 71
South Carolina 57
ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I. - South Carolina suffered a rare bad-shooting night, falling to No. Indiana 71-57 in the Paradise Jam on Thursday night. The Gamecocks led after the first quarter and dominated the third quarter, but foul trouble to key Gamecocks derailed the offense late in the loss.
Three Gamecocks finished in double figures, led by Mikiah Herbert Harrigan's 13 points. The senior also led the team in rebounding with eight. Freshman Aliyah Boston was one of the Gamecocks saddled with foul trouble throughout the game, playing just 14 minutes but still finishing with 10 points. Freshman Zia Cooke netted 10 points as well.