clearn.png
Tuesday February 7th, 2023 2:27AM

Boston, No. 1 South Carolina rally beat No. 15 UCLA 73-64

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston looked as healthy as ever and that's rarely a good thing No. 1 South Carolina's opponents.

Boston had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks as the as the Gamecocks rallied from 10-points down to beat No. 15 UCLA 73-64 on Tuesday night.

The reigning AP Player of the Year had missed the second half in a win over Hampton on Sunday after a hard fall. She returned to the bench in that game with a walking boot on her right foot.

But Boston started and played 35 minutes against the Bruins (7-1) to help the Gamecocks (7-0) overcome a 31-21 deficit right before halftime to win their 17th straight over a ranked opponent.

“I think the trainers did a great job with my ankle so it's feeling pretty good,” said Boston, the 6-foot-5 senior who posted her 65th career double-double and 32nd against a ranked opponent.

Georgia Tech transfer Kierra Fletcher had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while the 6-foot-7 Kamilla Cardoso added a season-high 16 points, nine rebounds and five of the Gamecocks' 15 blocked shots.

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley didn't know for sure until a few hours before tipoff that Boston would be healthy enough to start. Staley said Boston woke up Monday feeling better and that progressed into Tuesday's pre-game preparations.

The game was tied at 47-all entering the fourth quarter. That's when the Gamecocks turned up their smothering defense, holding UCLA to just three field goals in the final 10 minutes.

“They were very disciplined in the fourth quarter with what they wanted to do,” UCLA coach Cori Close said. “We couldn't stop that.”

Zia Cooke's tiebreaking bucket with 5:37 left in the game South Carolina up for good at 54-52. The Gamecocks led by as many as 10 points in the final minutes.

Charisma Osborne led UCLA with 24 points while freshman Kiki Rice scored 16.

Early on UCLA and Rice upped the pace and took things right into the heart of South Carolina's smothering defense to build a 10-point lead late in the second quarter.

South Carolina missed 11 straight shots during one stretch, including a sequence where it had four consecutive chances from close in.

The Gamecocks showed some life in the final minutes as Boston had two blocks and a basket to cut things to 31-27 at the break. UCLA missed its last seven shots of the quarter.

Staley said she simplified the offense in the second half, leading Fletcher to several made baskets and Boston and Cardoso to find space underneath the basket.

“We made it really hard on them,” Staley said.

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: The Bruins had little to prove after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis — including a win over then-ranked Tennessee — and playing the top-ranked Gamecocks tight for 35 minutes. Rice is a polished gem and UCLA has plenty of scoring punch to factor into the Pac 12 race this season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks once more showed how hard they are to put away. No. 2 Stanford found that out on Nov. 20 when Boston tied things at the end and South Carolina pulled away in overtime for a 76-71 victory.

ONGOING SERIES

This was the first of a five-game series between UCLA and South Carolina. Bruins coach Cori Close said facing another top-tier program each year will give her team experience in handling the game's best. “I hope we proved that we didn't come in here for a moral victory,” she said.

UP NEXT

UCLA plays at UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday night.

South Carolina continues its homestand against Memphis on Saturday.

___

AP women’s college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://apnews.com/hub/ap-top-25-womens-college-basketball-poll and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - Women's College Basketball
© Copyright 2023 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Boston, No. 1 South Carolina rally beat No. 15 UCLA 73-64
Aliyah Boston had 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks a game after tweaking her ankle to lead No. 1 South Carolina past No. 15 UCLA 73-64 on Tuesday night
9:24PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Bodies-in-suitcases suspect appears in New Zealand court
A woman who was extradited from South Korea this week after the bodies of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases has made her first court appearance in New Zealand
9:24PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Missouri man put to death for killing police officer in 2005
A Missouri inmate convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother has been executed
9:20PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Georgia Tech promotes Brent Key from interim to head coach
Georgia Tech has promoted interim coach Brent Key to head coach
7:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
Ohio State is 5 in second-to-last CFP rankings behind USC
Ohio State was No. 5 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings, positioned to possibly take advantage if one of the top four slips up on championship weekend
7:21PM ( 2 hours ago )
MLBPA keeps Clark, extends executive director through 2027
The Major League Baseball Players Association has voted to extend the contract of executive director Tony Clark through 2027
7:11PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Russian diplomat says prisoner swap with US remains possible
A senior Russian diplomat says Russia and the United States repeatedly came close to reaching agreement on a prisoner exchange and a deal remains possible before the year’s end
3:19PM ( 6 hours ago )
Gonzaga's brutal slate continues with No. 6 Baylor up next
Gonzaga has already faced a brutal schedule this season with wins over No. 19 Kentucky and No. 20 Michigan State and losses to second-ranked Texas and fifth-ranked Purdue
5:59AM ( 15 hours ago )
Analysis: Early NBA MVP race has crowded field of candidates
Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is quietly turning in another NBA MVP-worthy season
5:57AM ( 15 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Hugh Freeze asks Auburn fans for 'chance to earn your trust'
Hugh Freeze’s checkered past in the Southeastern Conference means he’ll have to win more than just games
4:26PM ( 5 hours ago )
AP source: Georgia Tech to promote Brent Key to head coach
The Associated Press has learned that Georgia Tech is finalizing a deal to promote Brent Key to head coach
3:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
Georgia's surging running game to test LSU in SEC title game
A healthy Kenny McIntosh and strong play from the offensive line have No. 1 Georgia’s running game peaking just in time for the postseason
3:16PM ( 6 hours ago )
College Sports
South Carolina tops women's AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next
South Carolina remains the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll
1:35PM ( 1 day ago )
South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston in walking boot after fall
Aliyah Boston will be examined Monday after leaving No. 1 South Carolina’s 85-38 win over Hampton on Sunday with her right foot in a walking boot
3:23PM ( 2 days ago )
South Carolina's Aliyah Boston in walking boot after fall
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston was sidelined with a walking boot on her right foot after a hard fall duing the No. 1 Gamecocks’ game against Hampton
1:31PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Women's College Basketball
Bodies-in-suitcases suspect appears in New Zealand court
A woman who was extradited from South Korea this week after the bodies of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases has made her first court appearance in New Zealand
9:24PM ( 25 minutes ago )
Missouri man put to death for killing police officer in 2005
A Missouri inmate convicted of ambushing and killing a St. Louis area police officer he blamed in the death of his younger brother has been executed
9:20PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Pulisic goal advances US in World Cup with 1-0 win over Iran
Christian Pulisic scored while crashing headfirst into the goalkeeper late in the 38th minute and the United States advanced to the knockout rounds of the World Cup with a 1-0 win over Iran
9:04PM ( 46 minutes ago )
Hundreds at Harvard, NYC, Chicago protest China's actions
Hundreds of people have gathered at Harvard University and near Chinese consulates in New York and Chicago to support protesters who have called for that country’s leader to step down amid severe anti-virus restrictions in the biggest demonstrations against the government in Beijing in decades
9:02PM ( 47 minutes ago )
Oath Keepers' Rhodes guilty of Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes has been convicted of seditious conspiracy for a violent plot to overturn President Joe Biden's election, handing the Justice Department a major victory in its massive prosecution of the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection
8:48PM ( 1 hour ago )