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    SEC Women's Basketball Today: Wednesday, November 20

    South Carolina 68, Clemson 43
    LSU 73, Hampton 54

    Gamecocks Run Past Tigers 68-43
    CLEMSON, S.C. – No. 19/14 South Carolina dominated on the glass to pick up the 68-43 win over Clemson in its first road game of the season. Four Gamecocks (4-0) finished in double figures, led by Aleighsa Welch’s 17 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Her all-around effort included four assists and three blocked shots as well as the Gamecocks held the Tigers (1-3) to just 29.2 percent field goal shooting, including 13.0 percent in the first half. Sophomore Tiffany Mitchell had a strong game as well, netting 14 points to go with six rebounds and a career-high five assists.
    The Gamecocks sprinted out of the gate, taking 13-4 lead behind a quick-strike offense. Clemson netted the first basket of the game, but Mitchell answered with a long jumper from the left wing. From there, South Carolina crashed the defensive glass, limiting the Tigers to just one shot and turning that rebound quickly into offense. Elem Ibiam hit back-to-back shots from either side of the rim to put the Gamecocks up 6-2 early. Clemson’s Charmaine Tay hit a driving layup to break up the run, but again Mitchell had the answer, this time with a 3-pointer from the left side. After a turnover, Welch hit a put-back and then a runner in the lane set up by dribble penetration on the next trip up the floor.
    From there, the offense slowed down, but the defense stayed solid. The Tigers managed just one more basket, but stayed within striking distance thanks to a series of trips to the free throw line. South Carolina hit just enough shots to maintain a double-digit lead for the rest of the period and took a 27-15 lead into the locker room at halftime.
    The Gamecocks got quickly back on track in the second half, opening the period with a 6-0 run keyed by getting the ball inside where Ibiam and Welch went to work. Mitchell added a transition layup to make it a 33-17 lead with 17:28 to play. Clemson looked to start a run with a steal and a transition layup from Chelsea Lindsey, but for the third time Mitchell shut it down before it could get started – this time with a 3-points from the left corner. On the next possession, crisp ball movement around the perimeter yielded a 3 from Khadijah Sessions and the lead was at 20 points with 15:29 to play.
    South Carolina’s dominance on the glass kept the Tigers at bay through the remainder of the half as the Gamecocks won the battle of the boards 49-27. They turned 10 offensive rebounds into 21 points and scored 40 of their 68 points in the paint, shooting 53.8 percent in the second half to lift their game percentage to .456.
    Joining Welch and Mitchell in double-figure points were Ibiam and Sessions with 10 apiece. Coates nearly joined them with nine points, all coming in the second half.
    South Carolina continues its three-game road stretch with a pair of West Coast games this weekend. The Gamecocks face San Diego State on Sat., Nov. 23, before heading to Southern Cal for a Monday afternoon game.



    BATON ROUGE – Senior forward Theresa Plaisance recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds as the 15th-ranked LSU women’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss of the season with an impressive 73-54 win over previously unbeaten Hampton on Wednesday night in the Maravich Center. 
    The Lady Tigers (3-1) gathered 19 offensive rebounds, which led to 20 second-chance points and they held Hampton to just 30.2 percent shooting for the game. 
    Freshman guard Jasmine Rhodes came off the bench with tremendous hustle play, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine rebounds to go along with two steals. Senior center Shanece McKinney added 14 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting. Sophomore Anne Pedersen finished with eight points and a career-best eight rebounds. 
    Hampton (2-1) shot 9-of-36 from three-point range and turned it over 21 times. The Lady Pirates’ leading scorer, Alyssa Bennett, was held to just three points on 1-of-8 shooting. 
    “I thought we mixed it up and ran different people at [Alyssa] Bennett,” said LSU head coach Nikki Caldwell. “She’s a phenomenal player. But for us defensively, our goal every game is to hold our opponents under 50 points a game. I thought the first half we really did what we needed to do to try and reach that goal.”
    Hampton held an early five point lead as both teams struggled from the field, but the Lady Tigers closed the first half with an 11-1 run. Rhodes twice grabbed offensive rebounds and scored on putbacks. LSU took a 34-20 halftime lead and outscored the Lady Pirates 39-34 in the second half. 
    “Hampton is a very, very good basketball team,” said Caldwell. “They are a team that is very seasoned and really get after you on the defensive end. I thought their pressure really disrupted us at times and really got us out of our rhythm. A lot of credit to our team for hanging tough and coming up with the plays that we needed to generate a lead.”
    Hampton was led in scoring by Nicole Hamilton who finished with a game-high 27 points. 
    LSU hits the road for a 1 p.m. Saturday tipoff at Louisiana Tech.