Freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley shines as No. 1 South Carolina extends winning streak against Clemson
In a lopsided game that showcased their dominance, the No. 1 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks defeated their state rival, Clemson, with a resounding 109-40 victory. Led by freshman standout MiLaysia Fulwiley’s 18 points and a double-double performance from Kamilla Cardoso, the Gamecocks extended their winning streak against Clemson to 13 games. With this win, head coach Dawn Staley achieved her 200th victory at Colonial Life Arena, further solidifying South Carolina’s position as a powerhouse in women’s college basketball.
South Carolina’s Unstoppable Offense
The Gamecocks’ offensive prowess was on full display during the game against Clemson. Oregon transfer Te-Hina Paopao contributed 14 points, including four 3-pointers, while the team embarked on an impressive 28-0 run in the first half. This victory marked the third consecutive game in which South Carolina scored over 100 points, showcasing their ability to dominate both inside and outside the paint.
Dawn Staley’s Impact on South Carolina Basketball
Dawn Staley’s arrival at South Carolina has transformed the women’s basketball program. When she took over, the team struggled to draw large crowds to their games. However, under Staley’s leadership, the Gamecocks have consistently led the nation in average attendance for the past nine seasons. This past Sunday, a staggering 16,007 fans filled the Colonial Life Arena to witness South Carolina’s victory over No. 20 Maryland. Staley’s milestone 200th win at the arena reflects her profound impact on the program’s success and the growing support from fans.
MiLaysia Fulwiley’s Stellar Performance
Freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley showcased her talent and potential during the game against Clemson. With 18 points, Fulwiley displayed her scoring ability from beyond the arc, sinking four 3-pointers. She also demonstrated her creativity and flair with impressive plays, including a half-behind-the-back move before finishing with a layup and a full behind-the-back pass leading to an easy score for her teammate, Ashlyn Watkins. Fulwiley’s contributions on both ends of the court were crucial to South Carolina’s victory.
Clemson’s Struggles Continue
Clemson faced a tough challenge against their dominant in-state rivals. Despite their best efforts, the Tigers were unable to keep pace with the Gamecocks’ offensive firepower. Clemson’s shooting woes were evident during a back-breaking 28-0 run by South Carolina, where they missed 17 consecutive shots. Head coach Amanda Butler found herself without viable options to counter the Gamecocks’ relentless attack, highlighting the gap between the two programs.
Conclusion: South Carolina’s commanding victory over Clemson not only extended their winning streak against their state rivals but also showcased the team’s exceptional offensive capabilities. Led by freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley and supported by a strong supporting cast, the Gamecocks continue to impress with their high-scoring performances. Head coach Dawn Staley’s impact on the program cannot be understated, as she has transformed South Carolina into a perennial powerhouse in women’s college basketball. As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see if the Gamecocks can maintain their dominant form and further solidify their status as a national contender.