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Aliyah Boston lifts No. 1 South Carolina over No. 8 Maryland


No. 1 South Carolina stayed undefeated with a 66-59 win over No. 8 Maryland on Sunday.

Preseason All-American Aliyah Boston led the charge for the Gamecocks with 16 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks, while Zia Cooke added 20 points and four rebounds. Both South Carolina players cracked 1,000 career points during Sunday’s game.

The Gamecocks were dominant on the boards, out-rebounding Maryland 62-36 and scoring 24 points off of 24 total offensive rebounds.

South Carolina’s defense was stellar from the jump, blocking seven shots in the first quarter alone. The Terrapins came back to tie things up 13-13 at the end of the opening quarter.

Despite Angel Reese’s 12 points, which led all scorers at the half, the Gamecocks entered the break with a four-point lead.

In the fourth quarter, the Terrapins took the lead, 55-53, for the first time since the second quarter. The Gamecocks, however, continued to get stops and crash the glass, holding off Maryland’s late push for the victory.

After the game, coach Dawn Staley gave credit to Gamecocks fans, telling ESPN, “The fans wouldn’t let us lose.”

She also praised Boston, saying the star forward doesn’t care about the glory. “She just doesn’t want to lose,” Staley said.

South Carolina improved to 10-0 with Sunday’s win. Next, they travel to No. 19 Duke (8-0) for a 7 p.m. ET tipoff on Wednesday.