No. 1 South Carolina overcame a double-digit deficit and grew to vary into on the warmth in the fourth to defeat No. 2 Connecticut, 73-57, in the championship game of the Deplorable Boy Mowers Fight 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas on Monday. 

It used to be a rematch of their 1-versus-2 assembly in February that No. 2 UConn won in previous odd time, 63-59. It used to be their fourth assembly as the 1-2 groups and the first decide for South Carolina in the matchup. The Gamecocks enjoy only two wins in the 11 games in opposition to UConn. 

These two will meet all over again on Jan. 27 in Columbia, South Carolina, inspire on ESPN. They would per chance well also additionally meet in April at some level of the NCAA occasion as both are title favorites and UConn could per chance well enjoy a range of time to address the factors it ran into in paradise. 

The Huskies had been outscored, 16-3, in the fourth quarter of what used to be a 3-level game. They led by as many as 13 in the 2d quarter. 

Boston, backcourt combo gain South Carolina

Aliyah Boston

Aliyah Boston attach up any other double-double in the Fight 4 Atlantis championship game. (Elsa/Getty Photos)

South Carolina center Aliyah Boston used to be saved largely ineffective in the paint in the first, but hit her only 3-pointer in the sport in that span. She rebounded in the 2d half to total with a 22-level, 15-rebound double-double. She had two assists and one block in a dominating performance.

“Or no longer it’s time for Aliyah to be the dominant player that she is,” Gamecocks head coach Break of day Staley said of the two-time Lisa Leslie award-winner for the nation’s only center. “I reveal she sells herself short a host of cases.”

Her presence in the put up, combined with six rebounds from transfer Kamilla Cardoso off the bench, helped the Gamecocks to a key 42-25 abet on the glass. They had been 19-6 in the offensive boards. 

The backcourt used to be all over again mighty for the Gamecocks (6-0), who enjoy now defeated three top-10 ranked squads this season. Zia Cooke scored 17 with two steals and Destanni Henderson added 15 with six assists, six steals and three rebounds. 

Turnovers had been all over again a peril in the first half, allowing UConn (3-1) to soar out and preserve watch over the first half. They led by 13 facets early in the 2d quarter by a mighty transition game and the turnovers. Nonetheless South Carolina closed the half on a 10-2 speed to slit the deficit to a pair, 36-33, and continued on a 7-2 speed out of the rupture. 

Boston’s attach-inspire and-1 play 90 seconds in gave the Gamecocks their first lead, 40-38, since 6-0 minutes into the contest. It used to be a game of short runs from there as they knotted it at 40, 50, 52 and 54. Henderson’s 3-pointer and block by Cardoso despatched the Gamecocks into the fourth up, 57-54. 

UConn goes peaceable in fourth quarter

South Carolina constructed its lead with a dominating fourth by suddenly turnover-inclined and funky-shooting UConn. The Huskies only facets of the quarter had been a 3-pointer by Evina Westbrook at 5: 02. She had 14 total on 4-for-6 shooting with three assists. 

Paige Bueckers all over again led the scoring and took honest proper thing about house in the midcourt. She scored 19 facets off a 8-for-19 day with seven assists and five rebounds. 

The upperclassman hit double-digits, too, but it completely used to be too exiguous all-round for Connecticut. Christyn Williams scored 10 on a 3-for-10 day from the bottom, though she hit all four free throws and had three assists. 

“We would fairly enjoy this ‘L’ in November than later in the season in March,” Williams said. 

The personnel only had one made bucket from the bench and Azzi Fudd, the heralded recruit who found her touch closing game out, used to be on the court for only 10 minutes of movement. She omitted her only try and had one block. 

Olivia Nelson-Ododa spurred UConn’s early lead with mighty defense that spurred the Huskies’ transition game. She had a game-excessive five blocks, three of that enjoy been in the first quarter, with six facets, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. 

The loss is a ethical litmus take a look at for 

All eyes on UConn vs. South Carolina 

The two top seeds for the explanation that preseason poll had been on a collision direction to meet in the Bahamas. As a consequence, ESPN moved the sport from its secondary channel to its first while The Associated Press pushed the weekly AP Top 25 poll one day to properly replicate the final consequence. 

The poll is on the overall released Mondays round 12 p.m. ET — the tip time for the sport — and used to be moved for only the 2d time in its history. The first used to be when the No. 2 Huskies conducted No. 1 Tennessee on Jan. 16, 1995, in the first assembly of the two powerhouses. 

Per the AP, it’s the 61st assembly between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed and the sixth time it’s came about in November. The No. 1 personnel is 37-23 all-time in the matchups. UConn is 22-3 all-time, taking part in in 25 of the 61 contests. 

South Carolina evolved to the title game by defeating Buffalo, 88-60, and No. 9 Oregon, 80-63. UConn fight by with wins over Minnesota, 88-58, and No. 23 South Florida, 60-53. 

No. 9 Oregon will face No. 23 South Florida in the third-position game. That will be followed by Minnesota vs. Oklahoma at 5 p.m. ET and Syracuse versus Buffalo at 7: 30 p.m. ET.

Or no longer it is a various Feast Week in college basketball. No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA will meet on the males’s aspect on the Empire Classic in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening. Or no longer it’s the 43rd all-time assembly between the No. 1 and No. 2 males’s seeds. 

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