South Carolina Stuns Duke

Second, scorers had to step up help out Thornwell, the team's leading scorer and the SEC Player of the Year.

With 7:25 left, SC had taken 20 more shots than Duke. Duke made just two of its first 10 shots to let OR (22-13) get comfortable on the road, with the Ducks' ball movement inside and out at the high post and along the baseline allowing OR to dissect the top scoring defense in the ACC.

What made the SC win particularly enjoyable to people with good taste was that they weren't supposed to win. It forced 13 Duke turnovers and scored 10 points off those turnovers.

The youngest team in March Madness grew up in the closing minutes Sunday and sent Wichita State to yet another second-round heartbreak, as Kentucky earned a 65-62 win.

"Throughout the year we've been in some hostile environments away from home and we've won big games in atmospheres like that", Duke sophomore Luke Kennard said. But South Carolina continued to produce. I wish I could keep coaching them this year. But Gray, a 6-foot guard and transfer from North Carolina, scored 20 of her points in the paint and tied her best rebounding night of her career with eight by halftime.

Despite the lows of the season that included numerous player injuries, the one-game suspension of their star player Grayson Allen, and the four-week absence of Krzyzewski, who was recovering from back surgery, the Blue Devils seemed to have put it all together at the right time. "Chris was the difference in the second half for us". The fact that this is their last time leaving us tonight.

"That's the most physical team we have played all year", Krzyzewski said after the game.

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After a Duke timeout, Allen missed a jumper and Thornwell found Silva for an alley-oop and the lead. SC has been a No. 1 seed four years in a row, winning its openers by an average of 34 points.

Notice made a transition layup and then drained a three. He and Amile (Jefferson, fellow senior) don't want to make it harder for us seeing them.

With Nova and Duke bounced, the field has drastically tightened. Ranked 306 nationally in effective field goal percentage entering the game, it didn't have the profile of a team prepared to make a comeback against a talented team like Duke. They're playing real good basketball. "After just about every basket, they're going insane in the room". "And thenthey're all committed to (defense)". That free throw gave SC a 49-48 lead it never lost. I know that was our ultimate goal, but each game gets tougher and SC was a very tough team.

"In the second half we didn't pull the trigger on the threes and we attacked the rim", Martin said. And so I just told them - I told them I love them and I'm proud of them. Wilson answered back on South Carolina's next possession, collecting her own rebound and converting a second-chance opportunity to retake the lead for the final time.

Brunner heated up in the second quarter, pouring on ten points over the course of the period and Reili Richardson's score pushed the Sun Devils back in front for the first time since the opening basket at 31-29.

"We just made shots, got the ball inside", Thornwell said. Freshman guard Rakym Felder finished with 15.

Arizona State never wilted in playing No. 1 seed SC on its home floor in the second round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. The Gamecocks held MU scoreless for almost four minutes and used a 17-2 run to take control en route to the 93-71 victory.


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