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Super subs: No. 1 Gamecocks thrive with deep, talented bench

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Top-ranked South Carolina puts one of the most experienced and accomplished starting lineups on the floor each game. The action really picks up, though, when the Gamecocks go to the bench.

No. 1 South Carolina's has used its tall, talented reserves to roll to a 19-0 record and looks to win its 20th straight game when it faces Alabama on Thursday night. The backups include second-leading scorer in 6-foot-5 A'ja Wilson and top rebounder in 6-4 Alaina Coates, who by the way was the last year's Southeastern Conference freshman of the year.

Wilson, the country's top college prospect last season, could've started at most other programs in the country. But she said she's content to come off the Gamecocks' bench to help her teammates succeed.

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