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Cooke, No. 1 South Carolina women beat No. 5 NC State 66-57

Zia Cooke had 17 points as top-ranked South Carolina beat 5th ranked NC State on Tuesday
Zia Cooke had 17 points as top-ranked South Carolina beat 5th ranked NC State on Tuesday(South Carolina Athletics)
Published: Nov. 9, 2021 at 10:30 PM EST
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke scored 17 points top help top-ranked South Carolina beat fifth-ranked North Carolina State 66-57 on Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks never trailed in the marquee season-opening matchup of Final Four contenders. Raina Perez and Jakia Brown-Turner were the only Wolfpack players to find any type of offensive rhythm. Each scored 18 points in this one. South Carolina shot 49% for the game. Preseason Associated Press All-American Aliyah Boston blocked five shots and helped control the paint against preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year Elissa Cunane.

Cunane finished with eight points on 4-for-11 shooting.

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