COLUMBIA – No. 22/24 South Carolina women's basketball cruised past Appalachian State 80-50 at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night.
The Gamecocks (5-4) hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including 12 in the first half, while the defense allowed the Mountaineers just 12 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach by halftime.
Carolina started fast with an 10-1 run to open the game, which included buckets by four different Gamecocks. The deadeye shooting began in the opening quarter with junior guard Te'a Cooper and senior guard Doniyah Cliney each hitting two in the first 10 minutes. The Gamecocks hit six from long distance to build a 27-15 lead after the first quarter.
The impressive long-distance shooting didn't slow down in the second period. The Gamecocks matched their six 3s in the opening quarter, all of which were made by different players. Junior guard Tyasha Harris had her hands all over the first-half action, registering six assists with zero turnovers through the first 20 minutes of action, which saw the Gamecocks carry a 53-27 lead into the locker room.
In the second half it was the glass that the Gamecocks controlled. Carolina outrebounded the Mountaineers 25-12 in the final 20 minutes of play, finishing with a total of 14 offensive rebounds that led to a total of 20 second-chance points. Junior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored six of her eight points in the third quarter, helping the Gamecocks reach their largest lead of the game at 38 points. Carolina ended the third quarter with a 36-point lead and coasted to the victory.
The senior duo of Bianca Cuevas-Moore and Alexis Jennings finished a combined perfect 9-of-9 from the floor. Cuevas-Moore led all scorers with 12 off the bench for Carolina while Jennings joined her in double figures with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5. All 13 Gamecocks played and scored in the win, helping the South Carolina shoot 32-of-59 from the floor and 14-of-28 from the 3-point line.
The Gamecocks (5-4) will play their next two games on the road, starting with a matchup at Duke on Sun., Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. Carolina then takes on Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Sun., Dec. 16, on ESPN2 at 3 p.m.