Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
COLUMBIA, S.C. -No. 19/20 South Carolina women's basketball led Missouri wire-to-wire in a 79-65 victory at Colonial Life Arena Monday night. The Gamecocks (13-5, 5-1) opened with a 24-point first quarter and never looked back to defeat their second ranked SEC opponent this season.
Four Gamecocks finished in double-figure points, led by 16 each from Tyasha Harris, who also added five assists and five rebounds, and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan, who score seven of hers in the second quarters. Bianca Cuevas-Moore tied her season high with four triples and finished with 14 points. Alexis Jennings muscled her way to 14 points and added seven boards in 35 minutes.
The first quarter turned into the Cuevas-Moore show right out of the gates. The redshirt senior sank one of her three first-quarter threes to begin the game. Missouri hit a three of its own, but Carolina responded with a 10-1 run to claim a 13-3 lead. The Gamecocks used the combination of two defensive plays and transition buckets during the run, capped off by Cuevas-Moore going coast-to-coast to extend the lead to double digits. Later in the quarter the Bronx, N.Y., native gave the Gamecock crowd something to get on its feet. After hitting a three, she made a diving save to secure a steal and sprinted to the corner where she hit a second-straight three to put Carolina up 12 with 1:15 in the quarter. The Gamecocks polished off the quarter with a 24-14 advantage.
Herbert Harrigan got into a groove during the second quarter, hitting 3-of-4 shots during the quarter to secure her sixth-straight game in double figures, the longest streak of any Gamecock this season. Carolina's lead extended to 16 with a 7-0 run toward the end of the first half. After a Gamecock timeout, Cuevas-Moore found a slashing Destanni Henderson on a perfect alley-oop pass to help secure a 44-30 lead at the break for South Carolina.
Harris dominated the third quarter, scoring 12 of her 16 points during the frame. The quarter started with a Te'a Cooper and-one, and was followed by some stifling defense that forced back-to-back turnovers, including one in the back court. Harris sank two straight threes during the quarter, and scored the final four points for Carolina to build a 64-49 lead heading into the fourth.