Cooke has career-high 31, No. 1 South Carolina tops Georgia

South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso, left, shoots over Georgia forward Javyn Nicholson during...
South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso, left, shoots over Georgia forward Javyn Nicholson during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Athens, Ga. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023.((AP Photo/Alex Slitz))
Published: Jan. 2, 2023 at 9:16 PM EST
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(AP) - Zia Cooke scored a career-high 31 points and No. 1 South Carolina recovered after trailing throughout the first half to beat Georgia 68-51 on Monday night.

Aliyah Boston, the reigning AP Player of the Year, scored a season-low four points, her second consecutive game in single figures. Boston made only one of six shots from the field and had five rebounds.

Cooke, who has scored 14 or more points in six consecutive games, helped fill the scoring void for the Gamecocks. Cooke made four of 12 3-pointers and 11 of 13 free throws.

No other South Carolina player scored in double figures.

South Carolina (14-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) took its first lead at 35-33 on Brea Beal’s 3-pointer with 5:44 remaining in the third period. Kierra Fletcher followed with a basket to cap the Gamecocks’ 9-0 run.

South Carolina never trailed again, stretching its lead to double figures in the final period.

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