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Nov. 21, 2010

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University Park, Pa. – A tough shooting day held South Carolina to a 78-48 loss at Penn State Sunday afternoon at Bryce Jordan Center. The Gamecocks (2-2) out-rebounded the Lady Lions (4-0), 49-42, but hit just 17-of-70 from the field as no player could find a shooting rhythm in the game. The contest was marred by a combined 48 fouls, forcing five players to foul out of the game.

The Gamecocks struck first on Ieasia Walker’s 3-pointer from the right wing, but a scoring drought of nearly six minutes left them trailing 12-3 with just over 14 minutes remaining. South Carolina scored six of the next eight points with Walker providing four of them, but foul trouble left both Ashley Bruner and Charenee Stephens sitting on the bench with more than half the first period to go. The Lady Lions used the post void to rattle off the next seven points to take a commanding 21-9 lead.

South Carolina struggled to shoot the ball all afternoon, hitting just 8-of-33 (.242) in the first half while Penn State hit 44.8 percent of its shots, including five 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes of action.

The second half opened much like the first with the Gamecock offense appearing to find some rhythm behind La’Keisha Sutton’s relentless attacking of the basket. Fouls came quickly again for South Carolina, and Penn State put together a 14-2 surge that left the Lady Lions with a 54-27 advantage with 13:20 left in the game.

The last 10 minutes of the game became a steady parade to the free throw line, from which the Gamecocks hit just 11-of-27 for the game, leaving them unable to cut into the Penn State lead in the extended minutes.

Walker led the Gamecocks with 14 points, while Sutton added 10. Jewel May and Kayla Brewer paced the team with eight rebounds each. Brewer grabbed four of her eight on the offensive end, turning them into seven points.

South Carolina continues its three-game road swing next week, heading to No. 3/3 Stanford for a Fri., Nov. 26, matchup with the Cardinal.