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Fulwiley Leads South Carolina to 10th Straight Sweet 16
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Fulwiley Leads South Carolina to 10th Straight Sweet 16

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Freshman MiLaysia Fulwiley had 20 points including four 3-pointers, Kamilla Cardoso had a double-double in her return from a one-game suspension and unbeaten South Carolina powered into its 10th straight Sweet 16 with an 88-41 victory over eighth-seeded North Carolina in the women’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The top overall seed Gamecocks (34-0) needed everything they had to escape with single-digit wins the past two times they faced the Tar Heels (20-13). This time, South Carolina used a 15-0 first-quarter run to take control and get within four victories of a perfect championship season.

The Gamecocks will play either No. 4 seed Indiana or No. 5 seed Oklahoma on Friday in the Albany 1 Region.

Cardoso, a 6-foot-7 center from Brazil, sat out the tournament opener Friday after her ejection for fighting at the Southeastern Conference Tournament title game two weeks ago. She finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, her 14th double-double this season.

South Carolina Notables

  • With the win over North Carolina, the Gamecocks advanced to their 10th straight Sweet 16.

  • The 56-19 lead at the half marked the largest for by South Carolina in an NCAA Tournament game since 2022, when the Gamecocks led Howard by 40 (44-4, Mar. 18).

  • The Gamecock defense locked up North Carolina, allowing just eight points in the opening quarter – marking the 33rd time this season they held an opponent to single-digit points in a quarter.
  • South Carolina got hot from 3, shooting 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from beyond the arc in the first half.
  • Eight of nine available Gamecocks got points on the board, with five finishing in double-figures for the 19th time this season.
  • MiLaysia Fulwiley continued to be a force behind the arc, hitting four of the Gamecocks’ nine 3-pointers of the day. She finished with a team-high 20 points and a near double-double with nine boards.
  • Kamilla Cardoso returned to grab her 14th double-double of the season, putting up 12 points and 10 boards, with half of her points coming in the first quarter.
  • Chloe Kitts had her second game in a row scoring in double-figures, putting up six of her 12 points in the first period as part of a 21-4 run by the Gamecocks.
  • Tessa Johnson hit her stride in the opening quarter, hitting back-to-back 3s as part of a 15-0 run to end the period.

  • South Carolina fans dominated the game as well with the 14,266 attendance marking the program’s highest for a home NCAA Tournament game.