South Carolina Basketball Routs Uconn

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South Carolina Basketball celebrates its first win over Uconn. Credit: Jeff Blake/USA Today Sports

South Carolina women’s basketball team routed Uconn 70-52 Monday night, reinforcing its status as the nation’s top team. The Gamecocks have faced Uconn in numerous massive clashes before but always fell. Uconn even humbled USC for its 100th straight win in 2017. (To add an insult, Missippisi’s State’s semifinal upset of the Huskies eclipsed South Carolina’s national championship). In the 2018 Elite Eight, the dogs feasted again with a 94-65 beat-down. But coach Dawn Staley had a vision for her program when arriving in 2008. Monday, February 10th, another aspect of that dream became a reality.

Gamecocks Dominate

Disclaimer alert: women’s basketball is never ugly. Sometimes are more unpleasant than others, however, and the first quarter was one of those times.

Hold up: the mighty Uconn offense that recently scored 100 points in a half had two after the first quarter? Connecticut woke up, but it was too late. USC forced 15 Husky turnovers, hit four more threes, and stymied Connecticut to 36.1% shooting. The best Uconn did was cut the Gamecock lead to 11 early in the fourth. The ESPN announcers (who did fabulous work, by the way) alleged the dogs had momentum. My friends, a small team facing an 18,000-fanatic hostile torture chamber, had momentum? Nope, as the Gamecocks eased out of a premature stall to win easily. After the game, a humbled Staley praised her stern, yet not-too-tight, champions.

Oh boy, March is just three weeks away! What do the two teams turn to now?

New Moves for Big Dance

According to Charlie Creme’s bracketology, the Gamecocks are the one seed in the Greenville region. Many experts believe Uconn is now the worst team in the history of women’s basketball. Well, it sure sounds that way to Geno. The coach quipped postgame, “We’re allowed to lose a God[BLEEP!] game every once in a while.” He’s right: heaven forbid the Huskies aren’t quite a favorite to reach its 13th straight Final Four. For the game’s historically best program, as it’s been for the last 20 years, only March ultimately matters. However, Monday was a statement for USC. Staley strikes another challenge off her bucket list, while simultaneously striking horror into 350 teams without the size of the Gamecock’s bodies or hearts.

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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