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Ankle injury casts dark cloud on Wilson's historic night

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It was a night full of highs and lows for the South Carolina women's basketball team. They got the win over Auburn 71-63 to move to 14-2 on the season, but it wasn't easy.

The Gamecocks started out this SEC match-up on fire, outscoring the Tigers 30-10 in the first quarter. After that, however, the team was admittedly sloppy.

Auburn managed to get the game to within six points in the fourth quarter before guard Tyasha Harris scored 5 points within seconds to make it an 11 point lead for the Gamecocks. The team never looked back and managed to close it out.

It was also a night of highs and lows for South Carolina's biggest star A'ja Wilson. In the first quarter, Wilson hit a jump shot to score her 2,000th career point with the South Carolina women's basketball team. She joins Sheila Foster and Shannon Johnson as the only players in program history with 2,000 points.

"“I mean, it's great," head coach Dawn Staley said. "I think A'ja (Wilson) came here with goals in mind. Certainly we knew that was kind of attainable for her just because she's one that can score the basketball in a lot of different ways. We were glad to be a part of that milestone for her.”

With just 16 seconds left, however, the joy of Wilson's historic night quickly faded after she stepped on an Auburn player's foot and went to the floor grabbing her ankle. Wilson was taken off the court with the help of trainers and went immediately to the locker room. She did not speak to the press after the game.

"It's just a sprained ankle," Staley said. "I don't know the depth of it so we'll probably have to wait until tomorrow to see what it does."

The ankle scare couldn't have come at a more concerning time for the Gamecocks as they have a top-10 showdown against (6)Tennessee at the CLA on Sunday at 1 pm.

You can see the video of Wilson's ankle injury in the video at the top of the page.

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