The SEC’s first- and last-place women’s basketball teams met Thursday night, and No. 2 South Carolina wasted no time in asserting its dominance over Auburn, overwhelming the cellar-dwelling Tigers in the first half and cruising home for a 77-58 victory.
The Gamecocks opened things up on a 7-0 run, forcing a timeout from Auburn less than three minutes into the contest after sophomore Zia Cooke hit a 3-pointer.
But the break couldn’t cool Cooke off — she hit another 3-pointer on the next possession, then another 3-pointer the one after that. All the looks came off assists from junior guard Destanni Henderson, who finished the game with nine helpers.
“You look at her stats and the ability to catch and shoot, she’s pretty darn accurate,” USC coach Dawn Staley said of Cooke. “And I think when she gets clean looks like that, early in the shot clock, her feet are