At halftime Sunday in College Station, South Carolina women’s basketball was poised to take over.
Yes, the No. 5 Gamecocks trailed No. 3 Texas A&M by a point, but they had the momentum, with a 10-0 surge to erase a large deficit, then trading baskets and positioning themselves for a strong second half, just like they had in wins over Arkansas and Kentucky.
Instead, a disastrous third quarter set them back, and a furious fourth quarter comeback wasn’t enough, as South Carolina fell 65-57 to the Aggies
With the loss, the Gamecocks were denied a sixth SEC regular season championship in the past eight years. The Aggies, meanwhile, claimed their first league title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
It took USC nearly seven minutes to score in the third quarter, and A&M wound up outscoring coach Dawn Staley’s squad 19-8, stretching its lead to a dozen points.
But the Gamecocks refused to go away quietly, charging back into the contest with a 12-1 run in the fourth frame to close within three points. That was as close as they got, though, missing eight of their final nine shots.
Sophomore forward Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks with a double-double, tallying 11 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Destanni Henderson and sophomore guard Zia Cooke had 15 points each as well.
NEXT USC BASKETBALL GAME
What: SEC tournament quarterfinals
Who: South Carolina vs. No. 11 seed
When: Friday, March 7
Where: Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville
Watch: SEC Network