Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 4 South Carolina to a 93-78 win over Alabama on Sunday night. Freshman Zia Cooke scored a team-high 20 points, 11 in the second half, for the Gamecocks (14-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference).
The win extended South Carolina’s win streak to eight games and snapped Alabama’s five-game home win streak snapped.
The Gamecocks still stand as the second-highest one-loss team in country behind No. 2 Oregon, and have established themselves as the favorites to win the SEC.
SC’s Destanni Henderson scored 17 points for South Carolina, which had five double-digit scorers. Senior duo Ty Harris and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored 14 and 12 points, respectively.
South Carolina’s size down low was too much for Alabama, as the team out-rebounded the Crimson Tide (10-5, 0-2) 42-33 and blocked six shots to Alabama’s zero. Alabama’s Jordan Lewis scored a game-high 21 points and added six assists and seven rebounds.
The Gamecocks used its speed to keep Alabama at bay, scoring 28 fast break points compared to six from the Crimson Tide.
With better shooting in the second half, Alabama threatened the Gamecocks’ lead, but South Carolina was steady in the fourth quarter, hitting 50 percent from the field and 11-of-12 free throws to seal the victory.
The Gamecocks held the Tide to nine first-quarter points, the sixth game of the season when SC has held an opponent to single digits in the opening frame.
Boston notched the fifth double-double of her career and her first in SEC action with her 17 points and 12 rebounds. The freshman added three blocks and a steal to her stat line as well.
Cooke led the Gamecocks with 20 points, the second 20-point game of her career after her career-best 27 point at Dayton (Nov. 13). Henderson provided a huge spark off the bench with 17 points, seven of which came during the fourth quarter.
After handing out six of her seven assists in the first half, Harris scored all 14 of her points in the second half, including 10 in the fourth quarter to help put the Tide away. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan finished with 12 points for her 12th game of the season in double figures.
South Carolina will host No. 20 Arkansas on Thursday in a Top 25 matchup to try and extend that eight-game winning streak.