Boston rallies No. 1 South Carolina past No. 2 Stanford

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) drives to the basket while defended by Stanford...
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) drives to the basket while defended by Stanford forward Kiki Iriafen, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)(Godofredo A. Vásquez | AP)
Published: Nov. 20, 2022 at 9:35 PM EST
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STANFORD, C.A. (AP) - Bree Hall hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime, Aliyah Boston overcame early foul trouble to score 14, including the tying jumper with two seconds left in regulation, and No. 1 and defending champion South Carolina rallied past second-ranked Stanford 76-71 on Sunday in a dramatic early-season showdown.

Victaria Saxton missed both free throws with 24.3 seconds left but a jump ball moments later gave possession to the Gamecocks (4-0). Stanford got another chance with 10 seconds left after Agnes Emma-Nnopu’s steal but Haley Jones couldn’t get the ball inbounds before a 5-second violation.

Stanford (5-1) then blew another opportunity, receiving a technical with 3.4 seconds left after calling a timeout in the backcourt it didn’t have.

Cameron Brink scored Stanford’s first four points of overtime and finished with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots but fouled out trying to swat a shot with three minutes remaining.

Stanford managed just seven fourth-quarter points.

Jones missed the first of two throws with 12.5 seconds remaining in the fourth after Brea Beal’s 3-pointer with 14 seconds left and South Carolina had one more chance.

Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team led most of the afternoon but couldn’t deliver the winningest women’s basketball coach her 1,163rd career victory.

VanDerveer and South Carolina coach Dawn Staley wore long-sleeve white T-shirts featuring Brittney Griner’s name and image in support of the WNBA star who is incarcerated in Russia.

Ashten Prechtel came off the bench to block five shots and grab seven rebounds as Stanford saw its 17-game home winning streak end at Maples Pavilion, which held a standing-room-only sellout crowd of 7,233 for the nationally televised matinee.

Zia Cooke’s layup with 7:54 to go in the fourth got the Gamecocks within 54-50, then neither team scored for nearly the next four minutes. Both missed high-percentage opportunities while facing stingy defense.

Cooke’s next basket at 2:54 ended the field-goal drought. Averaging a team-leading 16.5 points, she scored 13 points but shot just 3 of 13.

Brink made 5 of her first 7 shots and had 12 points after the first quarter.

Gamecock Notables

  • South Carolina has won three of the last four against Stanford. The higher-ranked team has won all nine matchups between the teams.
  • The Gamecocks improved to 3-4 in 1-vs-2 games, including a 3-2 mark when playing as the No. 1 team. Two of those three wins have come against Stanford.
  • South Carolina has won 16 straight games against ranked opponents, including seven consecutive against top-five teams.
  • Aliyah Boston recorded a double-double, making it her 16th straight against ranked opponent.
  • Zia Cooke scored all 13 of her points after halftime, including six in the fourth quarter to help the Gamecocks get to overtime.
  • South Carolina led for just 3:26 of the game, leading twice in the opening three minutes before trailing until two minutes into the overtime period. After an Aliyah Boston driving layup made it 70-69 game, the Gamecocks held onto the final buzzer.
  • The Gamecock defense locked down at crunch time, allowing Stanford just one field goal in the fourth quarter and 21.1 percent in the game’s final 15 minutes after hitting 48.9 percent in the first three quarters.
  • The bench accounted for 39 of the Gamecocks’ 76 points (51.3 percent). It marked the first time the South Carolina bench outscored its starters against a ranked opponent since an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 loss to Baylor on Mar. 30, 2019.
  • Sophomore guard Bree Hall’s two 3s were her first of the season, including the one that put the Gamecocks up by four with 41 seconds to go in overtime.
  • Laeticia Amihere grabbed four of her six rebounds in the final 15 minutes of the game.