No. 1 South Carolina, Cardoso overwhelm Devilettes
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Kamilla Cardoso had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks as No. 1 South Carolina won its record-tying 45th straight home game, 101-19 over Mississippi Valley State on Friday.
This one was never in doubt as the Gamecocks (5-0) led by double digits just five minutes in, by 40 at the half and held the Devilettes (1-5) to the fewest points allowed in coach Dawn Staley’s 16 seasons.
Te-Hina Paopao, an Oregon transfer, returned from missing a game with an ankle injury and shored up South Carolina’s outside shooting with two early 3-pointers to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds.
The Gamecocks finished with seven players in double figures. MiLaysia Fulwiley had a game-high 17 points while Ashlyn Watkins had 14.
South Carolina matched its program best for consecutive home wins, first set between February 2013 and February 2016.
Knight had eight points to lead Mississippi Valley State which scored its fewest points since losing 95-22 at Wyoming in December 2019.
- The 101-19 win over MVSU was the largest margin of victory in the Dawn Staley era at 82 points (second all-time), alongside the fewest points ever allowed for an opponent in program history (previously 21 vs. Howard and South Carolina State).
- The Gamecocks out-rebounded the Devilettes 66-33 and packed the paint finishing with 72 points to MVSU’s eight.
- Seven players finished in double-digits for the second time this season, and it was the fourth game this season with five or more players ending with 10 or more.
- Sophomore Surge: Chloe Kitts, Ashlyn Watkins and Raven Johnson have excelled, with each more than doubling their scoring averages through the first five games compared to all of last season.
- Kamilla Cardoso notched her fourth double-double in the first five games of the season, finishing her fifth-consecutive game with double-figure points.
- Raven Johnson had her third double-figure game, tying her career high of eight boards and five steals along the way.
- Te-Hina Paopao returned from injury to tally her fourth game with 10 or more points, setting a new season high of eight rebounds and her first block of the year.