The Gamecocks, in distinction, performed sharp and turned to their signature protection within the second half, permitting Connecticut to attain simply 3 factors within the fourth quarter in opposition to tight man-to-man protection.
The junior ahead Aliyah Boston practically had a double-double within the first half, and ended the sport with 22 factors and 15 rebounds — the type of efficiency that South Carolina is counting on her to ship all through the season.
(*1*) Staley mentioned.
The guards Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson are the opposite two keys to the South Carolina offense. Cooke had 17 factors value of circus photographs, whereas Henderson’s veteran savvy manifested in speedy transition baskets and a well-balanced stat line of 15 factors, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals.
Overall, the crew confirmed its depth — and that it has ample room to develop. If, for instance, the Gamecocks can get Kamilla Cardoso, a 6-foot-7 switch from Syracuse, extra concerned within the paint, they could have a simple reply for a powerful inside protection like Connecticut’s.
This was the primary huge take a look at of the season for the Huskies. UConn guard Paige Bueckers, the crew’s main scorer, delivered a variety of showstopping baskets, and within the first half the Huskies’ ball motion seemed practically transcendent. That(*2*) rhythm, although, disintegrated within the second half, when solely Bueckers had a couple of subject aim.
Connecticut can have loads of shooters prepared to assist, although, as soon as it reduces a few of its extra primary errors. The redshirt senior guard Evina Westbrook was the spark for the Connecticut offense early, and the crew’s second main scorer. With extra alternatives, she may have the ability to elevate a few of the offensive load off Bueckers.
Azzi Fudd, a extremely regarded freshman, barely performed Monday after scoring 18 factors in opposition to the University of South Florida on Sunday, a determination Auriemma attributed to her incapability to maneuver inside South Carolina’s stifling protection. With extra time in school basketball’s huge leagues, although, Fudd may grow to be a constant scoring menace.