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No. 1 South Carolina escapes No. 8 Maryland late in 4th quarter

This marked the fourth top 10 win of the season for Dawn Staley’s team.
This marked the fourth top 10 win of the season for Dawn Staley’s team.(South Carolina Athletics)
Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 5:10 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The No. 1 South Carolina women’s basketball team escaped No. 8 Maryland late in the fourth quarter, winning 66-59.

This marked the fourth top 10 win of the season for Dawn Staley’s team.

They came off a dominating series of matches, winning by 20+ points in their last three.

The game was back-and-forth the entire time as Zia Cooke brought early smiles, reaching the 1,000 point career milestone.

In the second quarter, she started to feel it. Dropping 10 points in the quarter alone, she carried great momentum for the Gamecocks.

She finished with 20 points, including the go-ahead layup with 5:13 to play.

The Gamecocks went into the half with a 34-30 lead.

But the Terrapins kept it close, no matter what the Gamecocks threw at them. Forward Angel Reese dominated, finishing with 20 points, and was a force in and outside of the paint.

With four minutes in the game, it was 58-56, Gamecocks. Playing incredible defense, it looked like they might seal the deal.

Just when the Gamecocks began to pull away, Reese showed up again. She converted a three-point play with 2:04 remaining, but South Carolina held them scoreless the rest of the way.

The X factor? Incredible offensive rebounding in the final seconds.

Rebounds gave the Gamecocks multiple trips to the free-throw line, allowing them the opportunity to run the clock as they continued to miss what seemed like every free throw.

Luckily for them, time eventually ran out on the Terrapins and the Gamecocks won their 10th straight.

The Gamecocks have an appointment with No. 19 Duke in Durham, N.C. this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

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