NO. 18 USC 60 MISS. STATE 46

Women’s basketball gets its first SEC win

Gamecocks rebound from Tennessee loss against Mississippi State

The Associated PressJanuary 6, 2013 

University of South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch celebrates drawing a foul from Stanford as the Gamecocks trail by one point in the second period at the Colonial Life Arena.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

— Aleighsa Welch led No. 18 South Carolina with 16 points and seven rebounds as the Gamecocks rolled over Mississippi State 60-46 Sunday for their first Southeastern Conference victory of the year.

Welch was 5-of-9 shooting and made 6 of 8 from the foul line. Sancheon White added 11 points as nine different players scored for South Carolina (13-2, 1-1), which dropped its SEC opener to No. 12 Tennessee Jan. 3.

The Gamecocks shot 35.9 percent (14 of 39) from the floor and missed each of their two 3-point attempts, but won the rebound battle 40-30 and drained 32 of 50 free-throw attempts.

South Carolina has now held 11 opponents to fewer than 50 points this year. The Gamecocks entered with a 34.2-percent defensive field goal rate, and held the Bulldogs to 32 percent (16 of 50).

Kendra Grant led Mississippi State (8-7, 0-2) with 15 points. Jerica James added 14.

South Carolina283260
Mississippi St.202646

MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPTS
Bruner221-35-120-5037
Welch315-96-83-73416
Walker282-64-61-4128
White295-91-23-60311
Mitchell350-45-61-5025
Sessions120-15-70-0125
Montout150-12-21-4002
Dozier90-01-20-2001
Ibiam191-63-51-3005
Totals20014-3932-5012-4051660

Percentages: FG .359, FT .640. 3-Point Goals: 0-2, .000 (Sessions 0-1, White 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 3 (Ibiam 2, Dozier). Turnovers: 12 (Walker 4, Sessions 3, Bruner 2, Mitchell 2, White). Steals: 6 (White 3, Mitchell, Walker, Bruner). Technical Fouls: None.

MinFG-AFT-AOR-TRAPFPTS
Alwal231-42-23-8044
C Williams90-10-01-4050
Gaynor211-40-00-1123
Grant404-107-81-10315
James366-170-00-41314
S Williams302-61-41-6055
May41-10-00-0013
Foster120-10-00-0210
Robinson171-30-00-1142
Ward80-30-00-1010
Totals20016-5010-148-3052946

Percentages: FG .320, FT .714. 3-Point Goals: 4-12, .333 (James 2-6, May 1-1, Gaynor 1-4, Ward 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 7 (Alwal 4, S. Williams 3). Turnovers: 13 (S. Williams 3, James 2, May 2, Grant 2, Foster, C. Williams). Steals: 2 (S. Williams, Robinson). Technical Fouls: None. A—1,325. Officials—Eric Koch, Roy Gulbeyan, Charlie Hust.

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