Nov. 17, 2006
Friday’s game marked the first-ever meeting between South Carolina and North Carolina A&T.
Friday’s win marked the Gamecocks’ ninth consecutive non-conference victory at the Colonial Center, dating back to last year.
Friday’s game marked the Gamecocks’ first 100-plus point scoring game since Carolina hung a 101-39 beating on Stetson in 2003.
The Gamecocks set a new Colonial Center record with 117 points scored. The previous record was 101 points scored against Stetson in 2003.
Carolina’s 117 points on Friday tied for the fourth-most points scored in school history and were the most since the Gamecocks scored 117 points against East Tennessee State in 2000.
Friday’s game marked the 23rd 100-plus point game in school history.
Kellindra Zackery posted new career highs with 28 points and 11 rebounds. Her effort marked the first double-double of the season for the Gamecocks and marked the first double-double for a Carolina freshman since Demetress Adams scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Bethune-Cookman last season.
Zackery’s 28 points Friday ranked as the fourth-highest single-game total for a freshman in school history. The freshman record is 40 points, scored by Sharon Gilmore against Florida International in 1982.
Zackery’s 28 points were the most points for a Gamecock since Kelly Morrone scored 31 against Mercer in 2003.
Zackery and Stacy Booker became the and sixth different South Carolina players to score in double-figures this year, joining Iva Sliskovic, Lauren Simms, Melanie Johnson and Lakesha Tolliver.
Iva Sliskovic scored in double figures for the third time in as many games this year.
Guard Lea Fabbri set a new career high with 11 assists. Her previous high for assists in a game was 10, set against Clemson in 2004. Cristina Ciocan holds the school record for assists in a game with 18, set against Florida A& M in 2003.
Five players scored in double figures for the Gamecocks for the first time since Savannah State last year.
Friday’s win marked Carolina’s 24th consecutive win over a team from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, dating back to an 85-74 loss to South Carolina State in 1980.
Including Friday’s win, South Carolina owns a 28-9 advantage all-time against teams from the MEAC. The Gamecocks had previously faced South Carolina State, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.
South Carolina Head Coach Susan Walvius rolled out the Gamecocks’ third different starting lineup in as many games, as Friday’s starting five was comprised of Lea Fabbri, Lauren Simms, Shannel Harris, Iva Sliskovic and Demetress Adams.
With South Carolina leading, 15-13 at the 12:24 mark, Kellindra Zackery scored to ignite a 23-3 Gamecock run that extended the Carolina advantage to 38-16 with 7:46 remaining in the half.
South Carolina held a 57-30 advantage at halftime, marking the Gamecocks’ highest scoring half since the Gamecocks scored 64 points in the first half of their 99-48 win over Longwood on Feb. 21, 2006. Carolina’s 57 first-half points Friday tied for the fifth-highest scoring total in a first half in school history and is the ninth-highest-scoring half in school history (first or second half).
Carolina forced North Carolina A&T into committing 35 turnovers, marking the third time in as many games that the Gamecocks have forced the opposition into committing more than 20 turnovers.
The Gamecocks return to action at 7 p.m. Monday when they host Clemson at the Colonial Center.