Boston, South Carolina rally for win over UCLA

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Aliyah Boston appeared as wholesome as ever, and that is hardly ever a very good factor for No. 1 South Carolina’s opponents.

Boston had 18 factors, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks because the Gamecocks rallied from 10 factors right down to beat No. 15 UCLA 73-64 on Tuesday evening.

The reigning AP Participant of the 12 months had missed the second half in a win over Hampton on Sunday after a tough fall. She returned to the bench in that recreation with a strolling boot on her proper foot.

However Boston began and performed 35 minutes towards the Bruins (7-1) to assist the Gamecocks (7-0) overcome a 31-21 deficit proper earlier than halftime to win their seventeenth straight over a ranked opponent.

“I feel the trainers did an important job with my ankle so it is feeling fairly good,” stated Boston, the 6-foot-5 senior who posted her sixty fifth profession double-double and thirty second towards a ranked opponent.

Georgia Tech switch Kierra Fletcher had a double-double with 12 factors and 10 rebounds whereas the 6-foot-7 Kamilla Cardoso added a season-high 16 factors, 9 rebounds and 5 of the Gamecocks’ 15 blocked pictures.

Gamecocks coach Daybreak Staley did not know for positive till a couple of hours earlier than tipoff that Boston could be wholesome sufficient to begin. Staley stated Boston awoke Monday feeling higher and that progressed into Tuesday’s pregame preparations.

The sport was tied at 47-all coming into the fourth quarter. That is when the Gamecocks turned up their smothering protection, holding UCLA to only three area objectives within the closing 10 minutes.

“They have been very disciplined within the fourth quarter with what they wished to do,” UCLA coach Cori Shut stated. “We could not cease that.”

Zia Cooke’s tiebreaking bucket with 5:37 left within the recreation put South Carolina up for good at 54-52. The Gamecocks led by as many as 10 factors within the closing minutes.

Charisma Osborne led UCLA with 24 factors whereas freshman Kiki Rice scored 16.

Early on, UCLA and Rice upped the tempo and took issues proper into the center of South Carolina’s smothering protection to construct a 10-point lead late within the second quarter.

South Carolina missed 11 straight pictures throughout one stretch, together with a sequence wherein it had 4 consecutive possibilities from shut in.

The Gamecocks confirmed some life within the closing minutes as Boston had two blocks and a basket to chop issues to 31-27 on the break. UCLA missed its final seven pictures of the quarter.

Staley stated she simplified the offense within the second half, main Fletcher to a number of made baskets and Boston and Cardoso to seek out house beneath the basket.

“We made it actually arduous on them,” Staley stated.