Feb. 22, 2004
Columbia, S.C. – The 17th ranked University of Georgia women’s basketball team defeated the University of South Carolina 73-50 on Sunday at the Colonial Center in Columbia, S.C. The win improved the Bulldogs to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in the SEC while the Gamecocks dropped to 10-15 overall and 1-11 in the conference.
The Gamecocks hung in with the Bulldogs for the first seven minutes of the game but after that the Bulldogs would pull away. Georgia’s run was led by sophomore Sherill Baker who had five of her seven steals in the first half. Baker and the Bulldogs took advantage of South Carolina turnovers as they ended the half on a 28-6 run after being tied at 10 with 13:49 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs lead at the half was 38-16. The Bulldogs offense also contributed to the 22 point halftime lead as they shot 47.1% from the floor while USC shot 28%.
In the second half, USC’s offense would finally get going by shooting 40.9% from the floor but the Gamecocks could not slow down the Georgia offense as they would hit 48.1% from the floor. The Bulldogs offense was very balance as they had five players score in double figures and had seven of their nine players who participated in the game score.
The Gamecocks were led by Lauren Simms who had 12. Kelly Morrone scored all 10 of her points in the second half. Cristina Ciocan and Iva Sliskovic netted eight. Olga Gritsaeva added six while Stacy Booker and Larissa Kulcsar scored three.
USC returns to action on February 26th when they travel to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats at 7 p.m. After facing the Wildcats, the Gamecocks return home to play Vanderbilt in the regular season finale on February 29th at 2 p.m.