COLOMBIA, South Carolina – Aaliyah Boston scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her 71st career double-double, while South Carolina No. 1 won her 24th in a row in an 81-50 win over Missouri on Sunday.
Boston’s 11th game with double-digit points and rebounds saw them play one of the program’s record holders, Sheila Foster, and keep the Gamecocks perfect at 18-0 and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference.
It also ended South Carolina’s revenge week: Between Sunday’s win and a 95-66 loss in Kentucky last Thursday night, the Gamecocks defeated the only two teams to beat them last season in consecutive games.
Zia Cook added 16 points and Ashlyn Watkins added 13 for the Gamecocks.
Missouri (14-5, 3-3) lost for the third time in a row since the SEC opened the game with three straight wins. Lauren Hansen finished with 14 points to lead the Tigers.
The Tigers, who completed a great start to South Carolina last season, came off the field and were ready to take on the Gamecocks in the paint. Hansen hit three three-pointers in the first quarter, and in the last minute of the period, the score was tied at 17.
That’s when South Carolina picked up the pace and left Mizzow in the dust 30-11. Cook had a pair of triplets on the offensive, with backup point guard Raven Johnson leading with four assists and two interceptions in the second quarter.
One of Johnson’s major accomplishments was a bullet pass from the right side of the key through several defenders to Brea Beal for an easy layup.
Missouri usually play South Carolina in a physical style and it showed. Tigers center Jayla Kelly fouled hard on Camille Cardoso, sending the 6-foot-7 player to the floor. Gamecocks coach Don Staley yelled at the referees for a technical foul, but to no avail.
In the second quarter, Missouri had just three field goals and one rebound as the Gamecox led 47–28. South Carolina continued to gain momentum in the second half and scored a whopping 33 points.
Missouri: The Tigers couldn’t resist the taller, stronger gamecocks. They lost 52-22 overall and 23-4 in the offensive glass. Under pressure from South Carolina, 15 passes were made and the Tigers committed 26 fouls.
South Carolina: The defending national champions once again put up fire to overwhelm opponents as they aim for more trophies. The team will have to play out of their mind, South Carolina playing far below par, or both, for someone to slow this team down.
Missouri: Returns home to play Tennessee Jan. 22.
South Carolina: Goes to Vanderbilt Thursday night.
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