Feb. 16, 2003
Columbia, S.C. – Jocelyn Penn scored 27 points as she paced the 15th ranked Gamecocks to a 83-59 victory over the 13th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks Sunday in the Carolina Center. The win improved South Carolina to 18-6 overall and 6-5 in the SEC while the Razorbacks dropped to 19-6 overall and 6-4 in the SEC.
The Gamecocks opened the game with a 12-2 run over the first four minutes but the relentless Razorbacks would battle back. The Razorbacks fought back to eventually take the lead 16-15 in the first half with 10:02 remaining. That lead would turn to be the only lead Arkansas would have on the afternoon. The Gamecocks would go on to outscore the Razorbacks 25-15 over the final 10:02 to take a 40-31 lead into the half.
To start the second half, Arkansas went on a run to get the game within five points but that would be as close as it would get as South Carolina’s big three started warming up. Penn scored 17 of her 29, while Cristina Ciocan scored 10 of her 21 in the second half. Petra Ujhelyi contributed six of her 10 in the second half. Ujhelyi contributed the most on the boards as she pulled down 13 boards on the day while eight of them were on the offensive side of the ball. The big three totaled 60 points, 26 rebounds, and 11 assists to lead the Gamecocks to a 24 point victory.
“We had a good team effort,” said USC Head Coach Susan Walvius. “We played like we’re capable of playing of today. I thought we played tentative at Georgia. The Georgia game was a devastating loss. I was happy to see the way the team bounced back today. The team gained confidence as the game went on. I was very pleased with the way Cristina Ciocan and Jocelyn Penn played tonight. This was a crucial game for us to win for us to be able to accomplish our season goals.”
The Gamecocks also got contributions from Koretha Johnson who added seven, and Sarah Burgess who tallied six on two treys. Kelly Morrone had five, while Tonisha Reese chipped in three, and Olga Gritsaeva added two.
USC returns to the Carolina Center on February 23rd to face the Auburn Tigers at 3 pm.