South Carolina women defeat Kentucky

No. 8 South Carolina defeated Kentucky, 81-63, Sunday on the strength of A’ja Wilson’s 29 points. Wilson also had assists on 21 of 26 baskets in the  victory.

Wilson shot 9 of 16 from the field, made 11 of 12 free throws and had nine rebounds and five assists in just 26 minutes for the Gamecocks (22-5, 11-3 Southeastern Conference).

Maci Morris’ shooting and Kentucky’s collapsing defense kept the Wildcats (13-15, 5-9) in it for a quarter. But the Gamecocks held the Wildcats scoreless until two free throws with 4:17 left in the second quarter that cut South Carolina’s lead to 29-20.

The Gamecocks outscored the Wildcats 29-18 in the third quarter to put it away. South Carolina made 23 of its 25 free throws.

Bianca Jackson had 12 points and five assists for the Gamecocks, and Tyasha Harris added eight points and seven assists.


Carolina hosts LSU in its regular-season home finale on Thu., Feb. 22. Tipoff from Colonial Life Arena is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, and the game will air on SEC Network. It will be Senior Night for the Gamecocks, who will honor A’ja Wilson and Lindsey Spann prior to the contest.