Aliyah Boston had 27 factors and 10 rebounds as No. 7 South Carolina pulled away within the third quarter to beat No. 16 Georgia 67-62 and win its second straight SEC Match title — and sixth previously seven years.
It was a historic matchup that featured two Black head coaches within the title recreation for the primary time in SEC historical past with South Carolina’s Daybreak Staley and Georgia’s Joni Taylor.
The Gamecocks (22-4), twice the nation’s No. 1 staff this season, struggled down the stretch with three losses of their final seven video games, together with a defeat at No. 2 Texas A&M every week in the past the place they watched the Aggies reduce down nets to have fun an SEC regular-season title.
However South Carolina righted issues in an enormous means on the SEC Match. It used massive early runs to place away Alabama on Friday and No. 14 Tennessee on Saturday night time to advance. This time, the Gamecocks broke open a tie recreation with a 9-0 run to shut the third quarter.
The Bulldogs closed to 65-62 on Que Morrison’s 3-pointer with 14.4 seconds left. Boston then adopted with a pair of foul photographs and South Carolina held on for its 14th straight victory over Georgia.
Additionally they continued a exceptional run via the SEC Match since 2015, going 18-1 over the previous seven years. That mark contains eliminating Georgia from the occasion 4 instances, in 2017, 2018, 2020 and this newest one.
Morrison had 20 factors to guide Georgia.
Boston, who earned match MVP honors, completed together with her third straight match double-double. She added 4 blocks.
Henderson had 18 factors for South Carolina.
Georgia’s taking pictures contact and protection early stored South Carolina in verify.
The Bulldogs discovered some scorching taking pictures of their very own — they made 9 of 15 photographs — for a 23-17 lead after one quarter.
However when Jenna Staiti picked up her second foul on the finish of the primary quarter, South Carolina discovered Boston down low. Boston scored eight of her 14 first-half factors within the interval because the Gamecocks erased Georgia’s deficit.
It seemed the Bulldogs would hold on for a lead on the half earlier than Cooke held for a last shot and drained a 3-pointer as time ran out to ship the sport to the break tied at 35-all.
Georgia reached its first match last since 2004 with a victory over No. 17 Kentucky on Friday and an upset of top-seeded and No. 2 Texas A&M the place it rallied from five-points down within the second half.
THE BIG PICTURE
Georgia: The Bulldogs have expertise and depth and needs to be a troublesome match for any staff within the NCAA Match. The one factor they will have to attend till subsequent season to find: A technique to get previous what’s develop into their nemesis lately in South Carolina.
South Carolina: It did not take lengthy for the Gamecocks to claim their dominance as soon as extra on the SEC. Boston and Cooke are taking part in at excessive ranges and, even when South Carolina misses too many layups and quick jumpers for Staley’s liking, can be a risk for the nationwide title in a couple of weeks.
South Carolina and Georgia each await NCAA Match particulars.