Another Magnolia State victory for the Gamecocks.
No. 1 South Carolina (27-0, 14-0 SEC) survived an upset Ole Miss scare on Sunday inside the Sandy and John Black Pavilion, with a 64-57 victory in overtime.
South Carolina’s 8-2 run to open the extra period saw them part ways with the Rebels. Zia Cooke scored five of her 24 points in overtime.
The win extended the program’s winning streak to 33 games.
Both teams got off to a slow start offensively in the first half, shooting a combined 22 of 63 from the field. South Carolina and Ole Miss entered the game as the No. 1 and No. 2 defenses in the SEC.
South Carolina struggled to shoot, and getting the ball to Aliyah Boston also proved difficult for most of the game. The Rebels trailed by just one point at the start of the fourth quarter.
Baker cut the lead to one at 2:34 in the fourth quarter. She then gave the Rebels the lead with a mid-range jumper a minute later.
Boston missed three of its four free throws in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but made the last to tie the game at 55. USC had one last chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Ole’s defense Miss held on and the game went into overtime.
South Carolina will face Tennessee in Knoxville on Thursday. The Volunteers are third in the SEC rankings.
NEXT WBB GAMES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Thursday: at Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
February 26: home vs. Georgia, noon (ESPN2)
TBD: SEC Tournament
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