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Feb. 15, 2007

Recap | Box Score | Quotes

Final Score: South Carolina 70, Auburn 61

Updated Team Records: South Carolina (15-12; 5-7 SEC) — Auburn (17-10; 4-7 SEC)

Next Up For South Carolina: At No. 12 Vanderbilt Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time

With Thursday’s win over the Tigers…

:: South Carolina picked up its most impressive win of the season in terms of RPI, as Auburn entered Thursday’s game ranked No. 33 in the NCAA’s RPI, making the Tigers the highest-ranked opponent South Carolina has beaten this season.

:: South Carolina improved to 15-5 in games played against unranked opponents this year.

:: South Carolina claimed its fifth victory in its last nine meetings with Auburn.

:: South Carolina beat Auburn for the third time in the last four meetings played in Columbia.

:: South Carolina improved to 13-4 at home this year.

:: South Carolina claimed its fourth win in its last five home games this year, with the lone defeat a three-point loss at the hands of No. 7 LSU.

:: South Carolina picked up its 15th win of the season, guaranteeing that the Gamecocks will finish the regular season with a winning record.

During Thursday’s game, Stacy Booker…

:: Scored a season-high 27 points. She turned in her second 20-plus point of the season and the fourth of her career. Booker scored a career-high 28 points against Clemson in 2004.

:: Matched a career-high with five three-pointers. Booker also drained five treys at Stanford earlier this year.

:: Matched a season high with four assists.:

During Thursday’s game, Lakesha Tolliver…

:: Moved into South Carolina’s single-season top-five for blocked shots. Tolliver, who entered the game ranking sixth on the list with 47 rejections this year, swatted one shots Thursday to move into a tie for fifth with Petra Ujhelyi (48 blocks in 2002-03).

:: Extended her streak of consecutive games with a blocked shot to 20 games.

During Thursday’s game, Demetress Adams…

:: Matched a Colonial Center record and set a new career high with five blocked shots.

During Thursday’s game, Lauren Simms…

:: Was honored at halftime for becoming the 26th member of South Carolina’s 1,000-point club. Simms joined the club against LSU on Feb. 4. Including her four points against Auburn Thursday, Simms now has scored 1,035 career points.

During Thursday’s game, Iva Sliskovic…

:: Scored 13 points, upping her career scoring total to 963 points. Sliskovic added 10 rebounds, marking her third double-double of the year and 10th of her career.

:: South Carolina took a 33-25 lead into the locker room at halftime. Entering Thursday’s game, the Gamecocks were 12-1 when leading at the half. Carolina ended the first half with an 11-0 run spanning the final three minutes and seven seconds of the opening stanza that turned a 25-22 deficit into a 33-25 advantage.

:: South Carolina’s bench outscored Auburn’s, 51-11

:: South Carolina held Auburn’s leading scorer DeWanna Bonner scoreless. Bonner entered the game averaging 15.7 points per game.

:: Thursday’s game matched the two tallest teams in the SEC, as Auburn is the tallest team in the league and the second-tallest team in the nation with an average height of 6-0 ½, with the Gamecocks being the second-tallest team in the league and the 14th-tallest team in the country with an average height of just under six-feet.

:: When Iva Sliskovic grabbed an offensive rebound at the 18:59 mark of the first half, it marked South Carolina’s 469th offensive rebound of the season, setting a new single-season school record for offensive rebounds.

:: As a team, South Carolina registered nine steals Thursday, bringing its season total to 328 to move this year’s team past the Gamecocks of 1985-86 (324 steals) and into sole possession of seventh place on the single-season team steals chart.

:: The Gamecocks return to action when they travel to Nashville to face No. 12 Vanderbilt at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The two teams met at the Colonial Center on Jan. 11, with the then-No. 14 Commodores erasing a 13-point second-half deficit to claim a 67-66 victory.