USC women's basketball team punches ticket to Sweet 16 after win over Ariozona State
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – The USC women’s basketball team punched their fourth-straight ticket to the Sweet 16 after their 71-68 win over Arizona State Sunday night.
The Gamecocks were led by junior guard Kaela Davis and her 15 second-half points. She would end the game with 20 points.
Junior forward A’ja Wilson also helped in on the action, leading the team with 21 points and a double-double.
The Gamecocks trailed by as many as 11 in the second half, but also had a 9-0 run with 5:51 left to play. Arizona State did fight back, however, and scored the game’s next 11 points to take a 68-67 lead with two minutes remaining.
Wilson would continue to help push the Gamecocks, and put the team on top following her own shot and converting a layup to make the score 69-68 South Carolina with 48 seconds to play.
Davis delivered the next big play, coming up with a steal to preserve the lead and give the ball back to the Gamecocks with 18 seconds to play. Arizona State fouled Wilson on the ensuing in-bounds play, and the junior calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 71-68. Davis again came up clutch on the defensive end and sealed the victory after contesting a Sun Devil 3-pointer that rimmed out as time expired.
South Carolina went 23-of-28 from the line for the game and scored 15 points off 15 Arizona State turnovers. The Sun Devils held a 36-29 rebound advantage, while the Gamecocks scored 32 points in the paint.
South Carolina will battle either fourth-seeded Miami or the No. 12 seed Quinnipiac in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Sat., March 25, in Stockton, Calif. Tipoff time and TV coverage for the contest at Stockton Arena will be determined following the completion of the second round.