South Carolina women’s basketball had no trouble moving into the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
The Gamecocks bounced UNC-Asheville in an 90-40 win, taking the lead midway through the third quarter and rolling away to advance to play Sunday against either Michigan State or Arizona State for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Playing at home at Colonial Life Arena, junior guard Allisha Gray put together a double-double. She poured in 22 points, making 11 of her 13 field-goal attempts, and grabbed 12 rebounds in a highlight performance for the Gamecocks.
A’ja Wilson scored 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (28-4), as they ended UNC-Asheville’s season.
Bianca Cuevas-Moore also scored 18, while Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had 14 points in 25 minutes as the freshman helped pick up the slack with Alaina Coates sidelined.