No. 13 South Carolina whips Savannah State 82-40

Posted - Dec. 28, 2013 at 12:30 p.m.



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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 18 points and the South Carolina defense made sure Savannah State was no challenge in an 82-40 rout Saturday afternoon.

Alaina Coates came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 12 rebounds for the Gamecocks (12-1). Aleighsa Welch added 14 points and Asia Dozier had 10. Mitchell also had seven rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Senior reserve Jasmine Kirkland topped Savannah State (5-7) with 19 points, one shy of her career high. No starter had more than three points as they combined for 10 points. Kirkland hit 6 of 9 shots and 7 of 8 free throws.

South Carolina held the Tigers to 26.5 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers. Coates hit 4 of 5 shots and made 9 of 14 free throws. The Gamecocks went 30 of 48 from the foul line while Savannah State was 12 of 14.

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