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Mitchell's 18 leads No. 2 South Carolina to 78-63 win

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points to lead No. 2 South Carolina to a much tougher than expected 78-63 win over Elon on Tuesday night.

The Gamecocks (12-0) hadn't trailed at all in their last three games, but Elon (7-3) came out aggressive and led 20-13 early in the second quarter, matching South Carolina's biggest deficit of the year.

That's when Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley put A'ja Wilson back in with two fouls. Last season's freshman of the year in the Southeastern Conference along with Mitchell led their team on an 18-5 run and South Carolina wouldn't trail again.

Alania Coates added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Wilson added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Gamecocks.

Jenifer Rhodes led Elon with 19 points, while Shay Burnett 15 points and seven rebounds.

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