NCAA Womens Basketball: South Carolina at Tennessee

Feb 18, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks forward Aliyah Boston (4) moves the ball against Tennessee Lady Vols center Kasiyahna Kushkituah (11) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Photo credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Women saw their 31-game SEC winning streak end Thursday night in Knoxville. The Lady Vols overcame a 16 point late first half deficit to hand the Gamecocks a 75-67 defeat. USC had no defensive answer in the second half for Rennia Davis who scored all 24 of her points after intermission. Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Earlier in the week the Gamecocks claimed a 66-59 win over LSU as Destanni Henderson scored 19 points. USC is now 17-3 overall and 12-1 in the SEC and will host Kentucky Sunday afternoon.

The struggles for the men’s team continued during the week with two more losses and two more injuries. The losing streak now stands at four after a home loss to Ole Miss 81-74 and a road loss at Tennessee 93-73. The loss to the Rebels completed a lost three game homestand for USC. AJ Lawson had 22 points in that defeat. He scored 20 in the loss at Tennessee. The Vols used a late 15-2 run to pull away and hand the Gamecocks their eighth loss in their last 10 games. The Gamecocks played the Tennessee game without starters Jermaine Couisnard (ankle) and Justin Minaya (head). USC is now 5-10 overall and 3-8 in the SEC and will host Missouri Saturday afternoon.

The football team finished up the recruiting for its 2021 class by signing transfer cornerback Carlins Platel (6-2 190) from Assumption University. The 2019 all-conference performer is coming to USC as a grad-transfer and will have one season of eligibility. In his three seasons with the Greyhounds, Platel recorded 96 tackles with 30 pass break ups and seven interceptions. He chose the Gamecocks over offers from Mississippi State and Coastal Carolina and is the fifth cornerback signed for the class.

The baseball team was to open its season at home Friday against Dayton, the first of a three game weekend series. The starting rotation that was set up by Mark Kingston will have righthander Thomas Farr on Friday, righthander Brannon Jordan on Saturday and lefthander Julian Bosnic on Sunday. The Gamecocks go into the season ranked as high as 18th nationally.

The softball team had its opening weekend last weekend washed out. This weekend the Gamecocks are in Jacksonville for a tournament that includes Auburn and Jacksonville.

The men’s golf team tied for 16th in last weekend’s Gator Invitational at the University of Florida. The Gamecocks had a team total of +7 and were 36 shots back of tournament champion Florida. The Gamecocks Ryan Hill finished third overall at ten under including a closing round of five under 65.

Women’s golfer Pauline Roussin-Bouchard was named the SEC Golfer of the Week after his victory at the Moon Golf Invitational. Her opening round 63 was the lowest ever for a Gamecock women’s golfer. The second-ranked Gamecocks went on to win that tournament in Melbourne, FL by six shots over LSU. Their 54 hole score of 840 is a team record for a 54 hole event.

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