South Carolina Breaks Records at Ole Miss

South Carolina Breaks Records at Ole Miss
South Carolina dominated in the first half en route to picking up an easy win over Ole Miss (Source: South Carolina Athletics)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Leticia Amihere scored 16 points and No. 1 South Carolina held Mississippi scoreless in the first quarter and limited Ole Miss to two points in the first half on the way to an 87-32 win on Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (20-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) led 18-0 after one period and scored 27 unanswered points before Mississippi (7-14, 0-7) got its first basket. South Carolina led 32-2 at the break.

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored eight points, blocked two shots and added a steal in the early decisive surge as the Lady Rebels missed 19 consecutive shots and had 16 turnovers.

Tyasha Harris and Herbert Harrigan finished with 10 points apiece for South Carolina, which led by as many as 57 points, 87-30, on a 3-point shot by Olivia Thompson with 1:17 remaining.

Ole Miss ended its first-half scoring drought on Mimi Reid's layup with 57 seconds left in the second quarter. Reid led the Rebels with 12 points. Ole Miss finished 13 of 50 (26%) from the field and 0 of 10 from the 3-point line.

The last time a Division 1 team scored as few as two points in a half was Dec. 16, 2016, when Western Kentucky defeated Lipscomb 87-35 after leading 56-2 at halftime.

South Carolina was 33 of 62 (53%) from the field, 8 of 19 (42%) from 3-point range and 13 of 17 (76%) from the free throw line. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Rebels 45-22, including a game-high eight rebounds by Aliyah Boston.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks were not caught looking ahead showcasing a dominating performance. The schedule moves into overdrive as the next three games feature ranked teams: No. 22 Tennessee at home, a visit to No. 25 Arkansas and a non-conference home match with No. 4 Connecticut.

Ole Miss: The Rebels weren't bad defensively in the first half, forcing eight turnovers and limiting South Carolina to 13 of 30 (29%) from the field. No defense could compensate for the offensive performance, which set season lows in every statistical category.

GAMECHANGER

Carolina's defense once again proved to be too much for an opponent to handle as the Rebels didn't get on the scoreboard until the 57 second mark of the second quarter.

KEY STAT

The Gamecocks held Ole Miss to 1-of-20 from the field in the first half, and 0-of-9 shooting in the opening quarter.

NOTABLES

Carolina held Ole Miss scoreless in the first quarter, the first opening quarter shutout in program history. It was the 10th time this season the Gamecocks have held an opponent to single digits in the first quarter, and fifth time in SEC play.

The two points scored by the Rebels in the first half were the lowest total given up by a Carolina squad, besting the previous record of seven points from Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 21, 2005. It also tied the NCAA Div. I record for fewest points allowed in a half.

Laeticia Amihere finished with a game- and career-best 16 points. The freshman also tied her career high with three blocks.

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan came out on fire, scoring eight of her 10 points in the first quarter.

Tyasha Harris tallied 10 points on the night, continuing her streak of scoring in double figures in every SEC game this season.

The Gamecocks are 20-1, their best start since the 2015-16 squad opened the year 22-0.

UP NEXT

The Gamecocks (20-1, 8-0 SEC) return to Columbia for a three-game home stand and get things started against #22/22 Tennessee. Things get underway in Colonial Life Arena at 1 p.m. ET with the game airing on ESPN2.