Bruner, Gamecocks drop Ole Miss 62-47

GoGamecocks staff and wire reportsFebruary 17, 2013 

South Carolina Gamecocks forward Ashley Bruner (21)

JEFF BLAKE — jblake@thestate.com

— No. 16 South Carolina defeated Ole Miss 62-47 Sunday afternoon behind a double-double from Ashley Bruner, her third in four games and 10th of her career.

Bruner scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks (21-5, 9-4 SEC). Four players finished with double-figure points, let by Bruner and Tiffany Mitchell with 15 each. South Carolina solved the Rebels’ zone, finding seams to get to the basket or hit pull-up jumpers, and won the battle of the boards with a 45-39 rebounding advantage.

South Carolina brought Mitchell of the bench for the first time this season, and the freshman finished the first half with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Ole Miss stormed out on a 10-2 run to pull within six at 31-25 just 90 seconds into the second half. Bruner and Aleighsa Welch got the Gamecocks back on track, sparking a 9-0 spurt that returned the lead to 15 points.

Bruner’s 13 rebounds are her highest mark in an SEC game in her career, and she added three steals and two assists to her effort.

Welch and Khadijah Sessions each added 11 points to the offensive effort, and Ieasia Walker posted five assists and five steals to go with her six rebounds.

The Gamecocks shot 39.4 percent from the field and reset their season-high free throw percentage for the second-straight game, hitting 72.7 percent. South Carolina out-scored Ole Miss 38-22 in the paint and converted 15 offensive rebounds into 16 points.

The Gamecocks return to Colonial Life Arena on at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, to take on Mississippi State.

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SOUTH CAROLINA (21-5)

Bruner 6-15 3-4 15, Welch 4-4 3-3 11, Walker 1-8 0-0 2, Sessions 4-7 2-3 11, White 2-7 0-0 4, Montout 0-3 0-0 0, Mitchell 7-12 0-0 15, Dozier 2-10 0-1 4. Totals 26-66 8-11 62.

MISSISSIPPI (9-16)

McCray 0-3 1-3 1, Marbra 2-6 0-0 4, McFarland 7-12 1-2 16, Moore 0-7 3-4 3, Frizzell 1-5 0-2 3, Jenkins 1-1 0-0 2, McFerrin 0-0 0-0 0, Singletary 0-3 0-0 0, Faleru 4-11 4-4 14, Jackson 1-3 2-5 4. Totals 16-51 11-20 47.

Halftime: South Carolina 29-15. 3-Point Goals: South Carolina 2-15 (Mitchell 1-1, Sessions 1-3, Montout 0-1, Walker 0-2, White 0-2, Dozier 0-6), Mississippi 4-14 (Faleru 2-3, McFarland 1-1, Frizzell 1-5, Singletary 0-1, Moore 0-4). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: South Carolina 45 (Bruner 13), Mississippi 39 (Faleru 7). Assists: South Carolina 16 (Walker 5), Mississippi 5 (McFarland 4). Total Fouls: South Carolina 15, Mississippi 13. Attendance: 556.

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