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Nov. 26, 2010

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PALO ALTO, Calif. – South Carolina suffered a 70-32 loss at No. 3/2 Stanford Friday afternoon as the Cardinal limited the Gamecock offense throughout the contest. A difficult first half put South Carolina (2-3) into a halftime hole from which it could not recover, despite a better offensive effort in the second half.

The first half was all Stanford as the Gamecocks’ shooting woes followed them across the country. South Carolina stayed with the Cardinal early, but a series of 3-pointers were the Gamecocks’ undoing. After Marah Strickland turned a steal into an easy layup to cut the Stanford lead to 7-6, the Cardinal went on a 20-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers and back-to-back drives to the bucket by each of the Ogwumike sisters – Chiney and Nnemkadi. Sutton ended the surge with a 3-pointer from the left wing, but it was not enough to kick-start the South Carolina offense, which finished with just 11 points in the half, tying for the second-lowest first-half point production in program history.

The second half saw the ball fall a little more for the Gamecocks, but they still could not put together a run of more than four points at a time.

Ieasia Walker led the scoring with eight points, while Ashley Bruner grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, including six on the offense end.

South Carolina is back in action on Sun., Nov. 28, at UC Davis, for a 2 p.m. (PT) tipoff.