Gamecocks defeat UT, execute perfect regular season

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Camila Cardoso had 18 points and 14 rebounds, Tehina Paopao added 14 points and No. 1 South Carolina completed its second straight perfect regular season with a 76-68 win over Tennessee on Sunday. .

Seniors Cardoso and Paopao performed well on Senior Day as the Gamecocks (29-0, 16-0 Southeastern Conference) won 47 straight SEC regular season games, 57 straight at home and six straight against the Lady Vols. did. (17-11, 10-6).

For the University of Tennessee, Rikea Jackson scored a game-high 29 points.

Cardoso played for his mother Janet Soares and sister Jessica Silva after arriving from Brazil. Coach Dawn Staley facilitated their arrival by working with U.S. Congressman James Clyburn to obtain visa approval. Cardoso put on a great show with her family in the audience.

She had six points and six rebounds in the first quarter. After Tennessee took a 24-23 lead, the Gamecocks outscored the Lady Vols 17-8, leading Tennessee to end the second period and go into intermission with a 40-32 lead.

With 4:51 remaining, Tennessee cut the deficit to 15 points at 63-60 on Jackson’s jumper, but it was Cardoso who extended the lead with consecutive inside shots. When Cardoso returned to the bench after fouling out late in the fourth quarter, he received a huge ovation from the packed arena.

Cardoso had his 13th double-double of the season and 29th of his career.

Celebrity

  • With a 76-68 victory over Tennessee, South Carolina improved to 29-0 and finished the regular season undefeated for the second straight year.
  • South Carolina becomes the first team in league history to go undefeated multiple times into the SEC Tournament.
  • Five gamefowl achieved double-digit results for the 17th time this season.
  • Camila Cardoso had a team-high 18 points and 14 boards, with 14 of her points coming in the first half alone, marking her 13th double-double of the season.
  • Tehina Paopao scored in double figures in her 70th career game, scoring six of her 14 points in the third quarter and adding on an 11-6 run to put the Shamcocks back on top with one game remaining.
  • Milesia Fulwily got hot in the third quarter, scoring 8 of her 13 points in 5 minutes on the floor, including a 3-point game that gave the Gamecocks their largest lead of the game by 15 points. It was a highlight.
  • Bree Hall scored 13 points, her 20th career game, in double figures, and also had a career-high three blocks.
  • Ashlyn Watkins closed out the fourth quarter with eight of her 13 points and added six points for a 12-5 run that put the Gamecocks ahead by 10 points.

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