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Gamecocks want to clean up turnovers for Elite 8

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The South Carolina women's basketball team is back into the Elite Eight for the third time in four years.

The Gamecocks took down 11th-seeded Buffalo 79-63 on Saturday to keep their national title defense alive.

USC was led by A'ja Wilson and Alexis Jennings who had 20 points each, respectively. Doniyah Cliney added 12 points and Tyasha Harris had 10 points as well.

For Buffalo, Bulls guard Cierra Dillard had 29 points to lead her team and was the only player for Buffalo to score in double-digits.

There was one stat for the Gamecocks, however, that they weren't happy about: their turnovers. They had a whopping 26 in their Sweet 16 win and they said that can't continue to happen if they want to keep going in the NCAA tournament.

"Coach was kind of joking with me saying I'm gonna have a triple-double with turnovers," A'ja Wilson, who had 8 turnovers today, said. "I'm not happy with that at all and I have to fix that."

Gamecock guard Tyasha Harris didn't feel it was Buffalo pressuring them that caused so many errors, but that it was just their own sloppy mistakes.

"It was unforced. It was all on us," Harris said. "It was just us being locked in and not being focused."

In the Elite Eight, it's the match-up everyone was hoping for. Number 1 and undefeated UConn against 2-seed and defending national champions South Carolina.

Can the Gamecocks beat the dominant Huskies if they want to advance to the Final Four?

"No," Wilson said. "We were lucky to pull out something today with 26 turnovers. We're just gonna get back to our system and not be so careless with the ball."

(1)UConn vs (2)South Carolina will tip-off at 7 pm on Monday night for a spot in the Final Four.

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