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#1 Doug Jolley

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:26 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Aliyah Boston had a debut for South Carolina like no other.

The freshman had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks to lead the No. 8 Gamecocks to a 103-43 win over Alabama State in Tuesday night's season opener.

Boston's triple-double was the seventh in South Carolina history and the first by a freshman. Not even Gamecock great and WNBA all-star A'ja Wilson had one in her four years.

''So much fun. We pushed the ball, we got good shots up, everybody was hitting, we did great on defense - it was amazing,'' Boston said.

Coach Dawn Staley put Boston back in the game in the fourth quarter, telling her she was two blocks away. After she swatted her final shot out of bounds, several teammates bounced off her and Staley subbed her out to huge cheers.

''She's got a promising future,'' Staley said. ''This is just the tip of the iceberg.''

Boston is one of four freshmen in the Gamecocks' top-rated class. They played sloppily at times. The Gamecocks had eight first-half turnovers.

But South Carolina blistered the Hornets with a 36-9 third quarter.

The other highly touted freshmen contributed, too. Zia Cooke scored 13 points in 24 minutes, Brea Beal had four points in 17 minutes and Laeticia Amihere scored six in 14 minutes as she recovers from a knee injury suffered in January.

Even the least heralded of the freshman, Olivia Thompson from nearby Lexington, who loved South Carolina enough to agree to be a walk-on, got into the action, scoring 10 points in 7 minutes - all in the fourth quarter.

''Throughout the season our team is going to grow a lot,'' Thompson said.

Senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had 13 points for the Gamecocks.

Ayana Emmanuel led Alabama State with 12 points.

It was the sixth time in Staley's 12 seasons at South Carolina that her team has scored at least 100 points.

EXTRA CREDIT

Boston wasn't the only one seeking a milestone. Junior LeLe Grissett persuaded Staley to put her back in the game in the fourth quarter with her own argument.

''If she got a double-double, her entire class gets 30 points for a test or an exam or whatever it was,'' Staley said. ''If I can put somebody back in for a triple-double, certainly I can put someone back in for an academic advantage.''

Alas, there will be no extra credit for Grissett's classmates. She finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

RECORDS

South Carolina matched a school record with 16 blocks and Boston's 10 blocks tied the school record and were the most ever by a freshman.

The Gamecocks' 103 points were the most in a season opener and the second most in Staley's 12 years as coach.

#2 12th Mann

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 04:12 AM

This team is going to be fun to watch.



#3 SouthernGamecock

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 03:59 PM

Opposing teams are going to quickly come to hate having to guard and go against Aliyah, especially on the boards!


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Posted 06 November 2019 - 04:40 PM

Possible beginning several years of  Dawn's Dynasty. You saw the term coined here first at GamecockNation.net. Doug, I will yield the copyright ownership to you. 


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#5 Doug Jolley

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Posted 06 November 2019 - 08:30 PM

Possible beginning several years of Dawn's Dynasty. You saw the term coined here first at GamecockNation.net. Doug, I will yield the copyright ownership to you.


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Posted 07 November 2019 - 04:44 AM

This team is going to be fun to watch.

 

:) I agree this team can very special. Sunday road game at Maryland is next on the schedule!!!


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