STREAK ENDED: No. 2 South Carolina falls to No. 21 Tennessee Thursday night
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rennia Davis scored all 24 of her points in the second half and No. 21 Tennessee beat second-ranked South Carolina 75-67 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks’ 31-game conference winning streak.
The Lady Vols (13-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) came back from a double-digit deficit at halftime to beat the Gamecocks (17-3, 12-1).
Rae Burrell scored 19 points for the Lady Vols and Jordan Horston had 11.
Aliyah Boston had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Gamecocks. Zia Cooke and Destanni Henderson each scored 15.
Trailing by three a couple minutes into the fourth quarter, the Lady Vols reeled off nine straight points and went up 68-62. Tennessee never took its foot off the gas.
South Carolina’s 12-point halftime lead evaporated in the third quarter. Davis, who was held scoreless in the first half, had 13 points to get the Lady Vols going.
Tennessee took the lead with 2:05 left when Davis drained a 3-pointer.
Leading by two midway through the second quarter, South Carolina went on a 15-1 run and went into halftime on top, 37-25. Boston had four points in that spurt and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes. Henderson scored 10 points in the first half.
Burrell scored Tennessee’s first eight points of the game and had 12 at the break.
South Carolina: Despite a recent non-conference loss to Connecticut, the Gamecocks are on track for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With four players — Zia Cooke (15.8), Aliyah Boston (13.7), Destanni Henderson (11.6) and Victaria Saxton (10.0) — averaging in double figures, they have enough offensive weapons to cause teams trouble.
South Carolina: With just a few regular season games remaining, the Gamecocks have a tough route. After playing No. 21 Tennessee, they entertain No. 17 Kentucky on Sunday. On the horizon next week is No. 5 Texas A&M.
Tennessee: The Lady Vols have a spot in the NCAA Tournament all but secured. What they’re playing for now is seeding. While on that quest, Tennessee will travel to Georgia Sunday.
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