Women's Hoops Back Home Sunday
#5/6 SOUTH CAROLINA (9-1) VS PURDUE (7-2)
2 P.M. | COLUMBIA, S.C. | COLONIAL LIFE ARENA (18,000)
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ABOUT THIS GAME
- South Carolina is back home after a five-game road stint, the longest such stretch since five road/neutral games early in the 2015-16 season.
- The series is tied 2-2 after the Gamecocks’ double-overtime win at Purdue last season.
- This is Purdue’s first trip to Columbia for women’s basketball.
- Today’s game features four of the most experienced players in NCAA Div. I – South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris (116 games, 8th) and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (113 games, 12th), Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris (113 games, 12th) and Dominique Oden (113 games, 12th). Only three other teams (Louisville, Oregon, TCU) have multiple entries in the active top 12 of career games played.
- Prior today’s game, the Gamecocks will present Tyasha Harris a special ball to commemorate her 1,000th career point, which she scored against USC Upstate (Nov. 21).
- Parking is available for $10 per vehicle in the Discovery Garage and the City Garage (located near Pendleton, Park and Lincoln Streets). (See parking map here)
- FREE parking is available in the Pendleton Street Garage (corner of Pickens and Pendleton). The shuttle from that location, which departs and returns to Pickens Street, begins two hours before tipoff and runs until one hour after the game ends. (See campus and shuttle map here)
- During the long five-game road swing, which included two ranked opponents and their in-state rivalry game, it was the team’s veterans who dominated offensively. Seniors Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and Tyasha Harris were two of the team’s top three scorers with 14.8 and 13.0 points per game, respectively. Sophomore Destanni Henderson came in fourth in scoring at 8.2 points per game.
- Ranked fourth in the nation in rebounds per game (47.0) and 33rd in rebounding margin (+9.1), the Gamecocks have been out-rebounded just once this season (at Temple, -4, Dec. 7).
- South Carolina is among the nation’s top five in two other stats – blocks per game (8.9, 1st) and field goal percentage defense (.298, 3rd).
- The Gamecocks have scored 16.9 fast break points per game while allowing opponents just 5.1 points per game in transition.
- Senior Mikiah Herbert Harrigan moved into the team lead in scoring at 13.9 points per game (13th in the SEC) behind seven straight games of 13 or more points, including two 20-point games.
- Freshman Aliyah Boston has scored in double figures every game this season, including four games in which she played less than 20 minutes. Her four double-doubles have come in just 23.3 minutes per game in those outings.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 – Destanni Henderson’s career-high five steals at Temple (Dec. 7) were the most by a Gamecock since Bianca Cuevas-Moore swiped five at Purdue on Dec. 16, 2018.
7.8 – Brea Beal averaged 7.8 points over the last five games, including a pair of double-digit scoring games, on 50.0 percent field goal shooting.
12 – Tyasha Harris’ 12 points in the fourth quarter at Temple were the most by a Gamecock in a single quarter this season.
14.1 – The Gamecocks average 14.1 made free throws this season. Their 214 free throw attempts ranks 14th in the nation.
20.2 – South Carolina has scored 20.2 points per game off turnovers this season.
52.7 – Aliyah Boston has scored (field goal or free throw) off 52.7 percent of her offensive rebounds.