Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:33 AM
After a stretch of stressful games all undecided until the fourth quarter or beyond, South Carolina never gave coach Dawn Staley a chance to worry Thursday night, rolling to an easy 71-40 win over Florida.
The Gamecocks (11-4, 3-0 SEC) sprinted to an early 19-0 lead, powered by three 3-pointers and 80-percent shooting from the floor, while Florida missed its first seven shots and seemed completely flummoxed by USC’s aggressive defense. From there, USC strolled to the team’s biggest win in six weeks.
Redshirt senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore led the charge, starting 3-for-3 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers to go with a rebound, assist, block and steal in the first five minutes.
Florida finally cracked the scoreboard with 3:51 left in the first quarter on a layup from redshirt senior guard Funda Nakkasoglu. But the Gators, normally one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the country, struggled to connect on what looks they did get and finished the game shooting just 20 percent from 3 and 25 percent from the field.