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Aliyah Boston and South Carolina cruise to second straight Final Four

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No. 1 seed South Carolina brought No. 10 seed Creighton’s upset streak to an end on Sunday night, downing the Bluejays 80-50 to advance to the program’s fourth Final Four.

The Gamecocks got on a roll early, taking advantage of the size mismatch to score 16 paint points in the first quarter.

South Carolina shot 60 percent from the floor in the opening two frames and smothered Creighton’s offense, not allowing a single Bluejays offensive rebound while committing zero fouls in the first half. South Carolina went into halftime up 46-25.

The last two quarters were more of the same, with South Carolina extending its lead to 64-40 heading into the fourth and putting the game out of reach down the stretch.

Four South Carolina players finished the night in the double figures. Aliyah Boston led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, finishing three boards shy of extending her double-double steak to 28.

Destanni Henderson and Brea Beal added 12 points each, while Victaria Saxton contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds to South Carolina’s tally.

Sunday’s loss ends Creighton’s improbable run to the Elite Eight, which included wins over No. 7 seed Colorado, No. 2 seed Iowa and No. 3 seed Iowa State.

The Gamecocks will play for a spot in the national championship game on Friday when meet the winner of No. 1 seed Louisville and No. 3 seed Michigan in the Final Four in Minneapolis.