Grant leads USC offense in win over Xavier

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 30, 2011 

Markeshia Grant

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South Carolina picked up its third road win of the season with a 67-56 win at Xavier Wednesday night.

Senior Markeshia Grant led four Gamecocks in double figures with a career-high 18 points, while freshman Aleighsa Welch pulled down eight rebounds.

The Gamecocks shot a season-high 44.9 percent and turned 23 Xavier turnovers into 26 points to improve to 6-1 on the season.

The Gamecocks got the offense going early behind Grant, who scored eight of the team’s first 10 points for a 10-2 lead three minutes into the game.

South Carolina led 34-20 at the half. The Gamecocks struggled out of the break, allowing the Musketeers to get within 38-31. Xavier twice drew within nine points, but the Gamecocks would not allow the Musketeers any closer.

Grant’s 18 points led all scorers and was followed closely by Welch’s career-high 16 points. Six of Welch’s game-high eight rebounds came on the offensive end.

La'Keisha Sutton and SancheonWhite each added 10 points to the Gamecock offense, which again got a bulk of its scoring (39 points) from the bench.

South Carolina continues on the road this weekend, traveling to Raleigh, N.C., to take on N.C. State on Sunday before returning to Colonial Life Arena on Sunday, Dec. 11, to host Furman.

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