South Carolina Women’s Basketball Defeats South Dakota State University Women’s Basketball Team Despite Lack of Offensive Effort

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The South Carolina women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games with a 78-38 triumph over South Dakota State on Monday at Colonial Life Arena. However, the Bulldog Irish’s impressive start was met with their weakest offensive performance to date, ending their streak of 100 consecutive points.

Starting guard Tehena Papaio sat out with an ankle injury, which was evident in South Carolina’s struggles. The Fighting Irish shot just 43 percent from the field and 0 for 11 from 3-point range, both season lows. They also committed 17 turnovers, a significant increase from the previous three games.

Despite the offensive ineptitude, South Carolina was able to tighten up its defence to come away with the win. The Fighting Irish had a season-high 15 steals in the game, including five by point guard Raven Johnson and four by forward Ashlyn Watkins. Watkins also contributed a well-rounded stat line of six points, five rebounds, three assists and three caps. Johnson added a team-high 18 points and six assists in addition to his contributions on the defensive end.

South Carolina Women’s Basketball Defeats South Dakota State University Women’s Basketball Team Despite Lack of Offensive Effort

While shooting issues have plagued the Stags, they have had some success inside. Centre Kamilla Cardoso, the team’s most experienced player during Paopao’s absence, scored a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. She also finished with six caps and one steal. Cardozo’s play inside was crucial to South Carolina’s offensive success, as she hit eight of her 12 shots from the field.

Despite the Jags’ size advantage, they were challenged by South Dakota State on the defensive glass. The Longhorns outscored South Carolina 15-14 in the first half, but the Fighting Irish still held a commanding 15-6 advantage on the offensive glass. At the end of the game, South Carolina State held a 52-39 rebounding advantage, led by 10 rebounds from Cardozo and nine from sophomore Chloe Keatts.

While South Carolina State’s offence struggled to find a rhythm, the team’s defence was consistently strong, giving the Matadors an easy win over South Dakota State. The Fighting Irish will look to shake off their offensive struggles and extend their winning streak on Wednesday against North Alabama.

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