Top-ranked South Carolina mounted a second-half comeback to beat No. 13 LSU 66-60 on Thursday night for the Gamecocks’ 13th straight win over the Tigers.
With the win, South Carolina becomes the first SEC team to beat seven ranked opponents in the first 15 games of a season since Tennessee in 2007-08, according to ESPN Stats.
The Tigers got into foul trouble early, committing 23 fouls to the Gamecocks’ 12. Faustine Aifuwa and Autumn Newby each fouled out in the fourth quarter and Jailin Cherry had four personal fouls, as the Gamecocks shot 32 free throws to LSU’s seven.
LSU didn’t go away easily, forcing 21 turnovers and coming within two points of South Carolina’s lead toward the end of the game. But the Gamecocks won the battle on the boards 48-25, a factor LSU coach Kim Mulkey knew would be key.
“Did you read my quotes in the paper before the game?” she said postgame. “I said, ‘You better put on your big-girl panties and rebound.’
“We tried. We tried … That was the difference in the game. I knew it would be the difference in the game.”
Aliyah Boston finished the game with 19 points and 18 rebounds, with 14 of those points and 15 of those boards coming in the second half. In the fourth quarter alone, Boston scored nine points, grabbed seven and had two blocks.
Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson also factored in offensively, scoring 17 and 16 points respectively.
Khayla Pointer led the Tigers with 22 points and six assists, while Alex Morris added 14 points.
South Carolina, who held onto the No. 1 ranking this week despite a loss to Missouri on Dec. 30, takes on No. 21 Kentucky on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Kentucky is coming off of an 84-76 win over No. 15 Georgia on Thursday behind 30 points from star senior Rhyne Howard.