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No. 21 South Carolina beats SC State 65-45
Friday, Dec 21, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—Tiffany Mitchell scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Aleighsa Welch also finished with a double-double and No. 21 South Carolina beat South Carolina State 65-45 on Friday.

Welch finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds—eight offensive—for the Gamecocks (11-1), who bounced back with a strong performance after losing to No. 1 Stanford 53-49 this week. Elem Ibiam scored 11 points and Ieasia Walker had six steals.

South Carolina State’s Paris Alston made a jumper to cut the score to 26-21 with 2:47 left in the first half. But South Carolina held the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly eight minutes between the two halves, scoring 15 straight points to claim a 20-point lead—its largest of the contest.

South Carolina State did not score until Tiara Knott made a layup with 15:02 left in the game.

Knott finished with 14 points before fouling out for the Bulldogs (8-3).

Updated Friday, Dec 21, 2012

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 S. Carolina St.
Tiara Knotts Tiara Knotts
5-9,  14 Pts
3 Rebs, 2 Assists
 South Carolina
Tiffany Mitchell Tiffany Mitchell
5-11,  21 Pts
11 Rebs, 2 Assists

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