Boston leads No. 5 South Carolina to 84-48 win over Clemson

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Freshman Aliyah Boston had 13 points and No. 5 South Carolina started the second half on a 19-4 run to rout state rival Clemson 84-48 Sunday.
It was the Gamecocks' 10th straight win in the series and the second-highest margin of victory in that span. They have won by an average of 26.1 points.
South Carolina had six in double figures, led by Boston and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan with 13 points each. Kobi Thornton led Clemson with 10 points.
The Gamecocks (6-0) took control in the first half by turning 12 Clemson turnovers into 16 points. But their offense, with Boston having to sit down for much of the first quarter after being poked in the eye, was stagnant.
South Carolina kept missing 3-pointers to keep Clemson (2-4) close, but an 8-2 run gave the Gamecocks a comfortable lead. Brea Beal smoked two 3-pointers in the run to start the second half and with leading scorer Thornton on the bench 19 seconds into the third quarter with her fourth foul, the Tigers had little answers.
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South Carolina: Staley said she's grown to appreciate the magnitude of the rivalry, although the closest of the last 10 games was decided by 12 points. She especially liked Sunday's game because it started the first of five straight games away from home with a convincing win.
Clemson: After a marvelous first year where coach Amanda Butler took Clemson to the NCAA Tournament, the Tigers are struggling to win marquee games. Yet if they win more than they lose in the rugged ACC, they'll be in good shape to again play in the postseason.
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South Carolina heads to the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Paradise Jam, where the Gamecocks will play three games in three days. After No. 18 Indiana on Thursday, South Carolina plays Washington State and No. 2 Baylor.
Clemson travels to Florida for the Daytona Beach Invitational, where its first game will be Friday against No. 9 Maryland. The Tigers play Alcorn State Saturday.