Women’s hoops: Island triumph for USC

Gamecocks keep Hampton at bay in Paradise Jam

From Staff ReportsNovember 22, 2012 

— South Carolina edged Hampton, 45-34, on Thursday in the first game of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

In a game that saw more rebounds than points, the Gamecocks (5-0) got a double-double from sophomore Aleighsa Welch (16 points, 11 rebounds). Of Welch’s 16 points, 12 came in the second half, including 10 of the team’s first 13 in the period.

Offense was tough to come by for both teams in the first half with the Gamecocks edging out to a 19-13 lead heading into the locker room. The teams combined for 12 field goals in the first 20 minutes, and South Carolina stayed in front behind solid rebounding and 50 percent 3-point shooting.

Tiffany Mitchell put South Carolina up 5-0 with a 3-pointer from the right side, the second of the season for the slashing guard.

Hampton pulled within a point at 5-4 before a four-minute scoring drought set in. Ashley Bruner ended it with a basket from the left block, and Asia Dozier stretched the lead to 10-4 with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc.

The Gamecocks put together three straight baskets in the longest scoring surge of the half, kicked off by a 3 from Wilka Montout and helped by three straight turnovers from the Pirates.

Mitchell made them pay for the first with a driving layup, and Welch put back a miss for a 17-6 Gamecock lead with 3:30 left in the half. Hampton answered by scoring on three straight possessions to draw within six.

Things picked up out of the locker room as Welch took control of the paint and Ieasia Walker had her shot dialed in from outside. Welch scored the first six points of the half to give the Gamecocks a 25-15 lead.

South Carolina takes on Florida Gulf Coast at 3:30 p.m. Friday, before squaring off with DePaul at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Hampton 132134
USC192645

HamptonMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Avant351-96-62-3048
Bennett405-202-61-80313
Ward70-10-00-1030
Cole260-1 0-20-4210
Hamilton402-152-21-3326
Phelps161-10-00-1022
Jordan40-20-00-0020
Guilford50-00-00-1000
Allen142-60-00-2025
Brunson60-00-00-0120
Audain70-20-01-2010
Totals20011-572-1210-326 2234

Percentages: FG .193, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 2-12 .167 (Avant 0-1, Bennett 1-4, Hamilton 0-5, Allen 1-2). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 1 (Hamilton). Turnovers: 15 (Avant 3, Bennett 6, Ward, Cole, Hamilton 3, Phelps). Steals: 13 (Avant, Bennett 2, Cole 3, Hamilton 3, Phelps 2, Guilford 2).

USCMinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPT
Bruner282-61-94-12225
Welch 316-74-66-111016
Mitchell 272-92-40-8237
Walker342-7 0-40-2 116
White 300-3 0-02-6020
Sessions91-20-00-1102
Montout141-30-01-2003
Dozier191-82-20-3202
Ibiam80-11-20-5011
Totals20015-4610-2718-577 1245

Percentages: FG .326, FT .370. 3-Point Goals: 5-13 (Mitchell 1-3, Walker 2-5, Dozier 2-2, Ibiam 1-2). Team Rebounds: 7. Blocked Shots: 1 (Ibiam). Turnovers: 29 (Bruner 5, Welch 7, Mitchell 4, Walker 5, Sessions 3, Montout 2, Dozier 2). Steals: 5 (Bruner, Welch, Mitchell, White, Montout).

Att.–n/a. Officials–Dee Kanter, Bryan Brunette, Geraldine Smith.

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