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South Carolina needed a spark. Enter Kamilla Cardoso.

The junior center contributed 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks off the bench to help No. 1 South Carolina complete its comeback vs. UCLA. (Jeff Blake/USA TODAY Sports)

South Carolina needed a spark. The No. 1 Gamecocks were struggling with No. 15 UCLA, a team rife with crafty guards and hungry for an upset.

Enter Kamilla Cardoso.

The 6-7 center joined the Gamecocks last season after a successful freshman year at Syracuse, where she averaged 13.6 points and 8 rebounds per game. Playing at South Carolina was different, especially with Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Aliyah Boston ahead of her in the rotation.

But Cardoso had clear talent, and on Tuesday, when South Carolina needed her most, the junior stepped up. She contributed 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks off the bench to help lift the Gamecocks to a 73-64 win, their 17th straight against ranked opponents.

In tandem with Boston, who was hounded by the UCLA defense, Cardoso owned the paint. Boston finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks, and the post duo impressed head coach Dawn Staley. 

UCLA opted to put a defender on Boston at all times and played a zone around her, helping down anytime she caught the ball. It was a successful strategy for much of the first half, but when Cardoso got going, it proved impossible for the Bruins to guard her and to stop Boston at the same time.

Having Cardoso as another scoring option inside made the difference for the Gamecocks. 

“If they can play together and play like they did tonight, it gives us another layer of people having to scout us in a different way,” Staley said.

The bulk of Cardoso’s contributions came late in the game, as she put up 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in the fourth quarter.

Offensively, her size and strength in the low post was too much for UCLA. The Gamecocks were able to loft the ball up into her outstretched arms, and she finished with ease around the rim. She also grabbed key offensive boards for putbacks that halted any defensive momentum for the Bruins.

And when UCLA’s guards attacked the rim, Cardoso blocked or altered their shots. She helped South Carolina hold UCLA to just 20% shooting in the final period as the Gamecocks pulled away for the victory.

“This is the kind of performance we want to see from Kamilla on a consistent basis, and I think we will,” Staley said.

Chelsea Eyes Weekend Finale With WSL Title in Sight

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Chelsea beat Tottenham on Wednesday, moving to the top of the table in an effort to win departing coach Emma Hayes some silverware. (John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chelsea did what they needed to do on Wednesday in order to make Saturday's slate of season-ending WSL fixtures interesting: Beat Tottenham.

The Blues are now number one in the league, with an edge over Manchester City on goal differential thanks to an eight-goal outing against Bristol City last week. 

Yesterday's result tees up a league finale for the books as Chelsea looks to send coach Emma Hayes off with another trophy to add to her cabinet. The Blues will play FA Cup winner Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday, while City is away at Aston Villa.

"We will be leaving nothing on the pitch, we will be giving everything and no matter what the result is," Chelsea midfielder Erin Cuthbert said after Wednesday's win. "At least we can look each other in the eye and say we gave everything."

It makes for a thrilling end to Chelsea's Emma Hayes era, as the decorated WSL coach will take over the USWNT in June. And it comes after Hayes all but conceded the title race early this month after Chelsea fell to Liverpool 4-3.

"I think the title is done," Hayes said at the time. "Of course, mathematically, it's not, but I think the title is done. Our job between now and the end of the season is to keep pushing until the end, but I think it will be very difficult.

"We will never give up. But the title is far from us; it's not in our hands. I think City are deserving, their consistency has put them in that position. Of course, we will go to the end, but I don't think the title will be going to us this year."

Be it mind games or Hayes truly thinking her team was that far off, her words lit something in Chelsea. Their following two performances showed the team’s determination to have a shot at some silverware.

As for Saturday's schedule, Hayes believes her team is facing the "tougher of the two games."

"It's a fitting finale for me, being my final game," she told BBC Sport. "As I said to the players if someone gives you a second chance in life, make sure you don't need a third one. We're in the position we want to be in, and we'll give it everything on Saturday no matter what."

Selena Harris ‘Dismissed’ from UCLA Gymnastics, Declares for Transfer Portal

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All-American gymnast Selena Harris has been officially dismissed by UCLA gymnastics. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Star gymnast Selena Harris has been dismissed from the UCLA gymnastics team and has entered the transfer portal, the school confirmed Wednesday.

Harris, the 2024 Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and a 12-time All-American, has two years of eligibility remaining. During her time at UCLA, she was one of the top all-around gymnasts on the team. 

UCLA did not provide details about her dismissal. 

Harris has also not spoken about it, but did repost a Tweet on Wednesday confirming her entrance into the transfer portal. She has also removed any mention of UCLA gymnastics from all her social media bios.

When reached for comment by the Daily Bruin, she shared a message thanking UCLA fans for their support.

"Just wanna thank bruin nation fans for being the best supporters!" Harris wrote via Instagram.

A former No. 1 recruit, Harris was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2023 and earned four perfect scores during the 2024 season, while also winning the Pac-12 all-around title at the conference championships in March. She finished the regular season tied for first in the country on vault. 

She competed as an individual at the NCAA championships, finishing tied for third place on balance beam after UCLA failed to advance.

Caitlin Clark’s WNBA Debut Draws 2.1 Million Viewers, Highest Rating in 23 Years

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Clark is no stranger to setting records, both on and off the court. (Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)

Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut drew 2.1 million viewers across all platforms on Tuesday night, making it the most-watched WNBA game in 23 years. 

The Fever-Sun matchup was the most-watched WNBA game ever broadcast on ESPN. The network's previous record was set in 2004, when Diana Taurasi’s Phoenix Mercury debut drew 1.43 million viewers.

The game between Indiana and Connecticut was also the most-watched WNBA game since an NBC broadcast of the Los Angeles Sparks and Houston Comets brought in 2.45 million viewers on Memorial Day in 2001. 

Clark had a team-leading 20 points on the night, but also a WNBA-record 10 turnovers. She finished 5-for-15 from the field.

"She's a rookie," Fever coach Christie Sides said after the game. "This is the best league in the world. We've got to teach her. We've got to teach her what these games are going to look like for her every single night. And we've got to eliminate some of that pressure for her, and that's on me."

The former Iowa star is used to the pressure, and has routinely broken viewership records throughout her career. There was hope that her presence would grow the WNBA fanbase after Iowa and South Carolina's 2024 NCAA championship clash brought in a record 18.7 million viewers. 

In April, Clark — alongside a star-studded rookie class — headlined the most-watched WNBA draft in history with 2.45 million viewers.

Arike Ogunbowale, Rhyne Howard Show Out in WNBA Openers

Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings celebrates after a play against the Chicago Sky
Ogunbowale racked up 14 of her 25 points in the fourth quarter. (Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Arike Ogunbowale powered Dallas to a win on Wednesday, with 14 of her 25 points coming in the fourth quarter. 

Despite trailing 75-73 with 3:16 to go, the Wings rattled off the next 14 points to beat the Chicago Sky 87-79. As a whole, the Wings shot 100% on eight shots in the final five minutes of the game. 

"I don't know. I mean, I was dead, honestly," Ogunbowale said after Dallas's comeback win. "Maddy [Siegrist] came to me and said, 'The Lord renews your strength.' And the last five minutes, we went crazy."

Postgame, head coach Latricia Trammell applauded her team’s ability to handle the Sky’s pressure.

"We know basketball is a game of surges," Trammell said. "You just gotta weather the storm because we were gonna go on our runs as well."

While Chicago was unable to find an answer for Dallas’ fourth-quarter surge, Sky rookie Angel Reese had a solid professional debut. Her first WNBA bucket came in the third quarter, and she finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, joining the remaining four Sky starters in double-digit scoring.  

Of Reese's 12 points, seven came in the fourth quarter.

"She's [Angel Reese] a great player on and off the court," Ogunbowale said of the LSU alum's performance. "This is her first game. Obviously, she has a long career, this is a good start."

While rapper Latto was in the building for the Sky game, Kim Kardashian dropped by the Los Angeles Sparks game with daughter North to see the Sparks took on Atlanta. Rookies Cameron Brink and Rickea Jackson both made their WNBA debuts, while Layshia Clarendon had their first career triple-double.

Brink finished with 11 points, four assists, and two blocks, but got into foul trouble with five fouls in 20 minutes. 

Atlanta would have the last word, thanks to Rhyne Howard leaving behind some broken ankles in her 25-point performance.

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