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Nov. 24, 2002

The University of South Carolina women’s basketball team rolled past the College of Charleston 83-54 Sunday at the Carolina Center. The Gamecocks, 2-0, were led by senior Jocelyn Penn who recorded her 10th career double-double performance with 45 points and 10 rebounds. The 45 points was the second-best scoring performance in a game by a South Carolina player.

“I wanted to go out and work hard and improve on my game,” said Jocelyn Penn. “College of Charleston is a scrappy team and I knew that we would have to play well today to win.”

South Carolina opened up the game with a 23-5 run. The Gamecocks defense recorded 10 steals in the first half while forcing 13 early turnovers. Carolina held a 28-12 advantage in the first half while ending the game with a 49-33 edge on the boards. South Carolina recorded 21 offensive boards, 13 of which came in the first half. South Carolina used second shot opportunities and defensive play to take a 40-16 lead into halftime.

The second half was an opportunity to play the rest of the team. All eight South Carolina players who participated in the game scored and brought down at least one rebound. Petra Ujheyli recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds. Ujheyli’s performance resulted in her seventh career double-double. Cristina Ciocan recorded a season-high 11 assists.

“I really liked the first five minutes of the game,” stated USC Head Coach Susan Walvius. “I knew we had to start strong but we were unable to in the second half. Fatigue was a factor so we need to get into better shape. A lot of the players are in shape but others need to get there as well.”

South Carolina travels to the Virgin Islands to participate in the Paradise Jam Tournament. The Gamecocks will face Oregon on the 28th at 7:30pm.