Jones, a 6-2, 230-pounder from Waycross, Ga., leads the Gamecocks with 86 tackles, 16 more than any other player on the squad, an average of 9.6 per game, fifth in the SEC.
Destanni Henderson earned tournament MVP honors as she scored 19 points and had nine rebounds in the opening round win over South Dakota.
South Carolina trailed 51-49 with 10:47 left after Tulsa’s 11-3 run. But the Gamecocks answered with a 15-0 spurt -with five points from AJ Lawson – to push their lead into double figures for the rest of the way.
It will mark the Gamecocks’ sixth-straight night game and seventh in 10 games this season.
He was named the Male Gamecock Leadership Award winner at the school’s 2020 all-sports gala, and the former walk-on puts in extensive hours each year in volunteer work.
The Gamecocks (2-4) are on the road this week, playing at Ole Miss (2-4), while Mizzou (2-3) has a home date with Georgia (4-2).
Hinz is the second Gamecock to earn the SEC Defensive Player of the Week honor this season, following up Sutton Jones’ honor last week. Hinz is now tied for the SEC lead with two clean sheets this season and is second in the SEC with a goals agaisnt average of 0.78.
South Carolina has won each of the last three contests between the two schools to even the all-time series at eight wins each. Each of the last five games, dating back to 2003, and 13 of the 16 meetings overall, have been decided by seven points or less.
Sutton Jones is the first Gamecock to be honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week this season. The last Gamecock to win the award was Anna Patten in 2019 when she scored the gamewinner against Auburn on the road.
The win is the fifth straight for the Gamecocks and keeps Carolina on the top of the SEC standings with 15 total points. The win makes Shelley Smith the 27th head coach at the NCAA Division I level to win 300 matches in her career.