Henderson, Cooke’s assist No. 1 Gamecocks beat Clemson 76-45
Columbia, SC Destiny Henderson earned 16 points from three three-pointers and Zia Cook scored 13 points to lead top-seeded South Carolina in the second half to score their 11th straight win over Clemson 76-45 on Wednesday night.
The South Carolina tandem got things going in the third quarter after managing just seven field goals in the first 20 minutes to lead 27-17.
Cook played only six minutes in the first half as she made two quick fouls. But she ignited things after the break, as she led an 18-6 in the run with a jump and two 3-pointers for a 45-27 that Clemson couldn’t beat.
South Carolina finished (3-0) with four players in double digits. Alliant Boston scored 11 points, her first game of the season.
South Carolina dominated the Tigers (1-2), winning nearly all of them lopsided with the closest the last time they played here, 69-57, in November 2018.
However, it did take a while for Jimcox to go with Cook and Boston on the bench with two early fouls each.
South Carolina fired only 7 out of 22 from the field and made 13 spins in the first half – she only made 22 fouls to collect her first two wins.
But Gamecocks heavily locked in defense in the rivalry game, making the Tigers shoot 0-16 in the second quarter. Clemson fired three foul shots during the ten minutes.
Gabe Elliott scored 11 points to lead the Tigers, who slipped to 2-16 all-time against his top-seeded opponent.
The Big Picture
Clemson: The Tigers aspire to return to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2019, Amanda Butler’s first year as a coach. But they will have to show a much sharper attack and more accuracy than they did against South Carolina after shooting at just 29 percent.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks looked like the number one team in the country to oust fifth-ranked North Carolina and South Dakota in their opening week. South Carolina needs more influx of bench players, who have struggled to deliver strikes with their leaders in trouble. Gamecocks didn’t cost here, but they were able to take on high-ranking opponents.
Clemson starts a five-game home game against Penn State on Sunday.
South Carolina begins play in Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis against Buffalo Saturday night.
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