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Top-ranked South Carolina women defeats Kentucky 103-55

With 6-foot-7-star center Kamilla Cardoso sitting out a second consecutive game. It was the kind of performance Dawn Staley looks for in practice. This helped ranked South Carolina beat Kentucky 103-55 on Sunday to clinch its third consecutive Southeastern Conference regular-season championship and eighth in 11 years.

When asked about the win coach Staley said, "We have performances like this that shows we’re a really good basketball team and we show up on game day," she said. "But we can’t just rely on that. We've got to perform like that in practice.”This blowout came three days after they routed Alabama 72-44 on Thursday to clinch a share of the SEC title and give Staley her 600th career victory.

South Carolina had 6 players score in double figures with Bree Hall scoring 18 points and MiLaysia Fulwiley adding 17 off the bench in the game.The lead at halftime was 74-43 after three quarters behind 12-of-16 shooting on the way to 64% accuracy overall. Despite missing her only shot before halftime, Te-Hina Paopao (11 points) made all three 3-point attempts in the quarter. Sania Feagin (16 points) took command in the fourth to help South Carolina win its fourth straight series and 10th in the past 11 meetings after hitting 23 of 31 after halftime (74%) and 38 of 59 overall.

The Gamecocks won the previous meeting 98-36 in Columbia. There is no doubt that this is the most dangerous team in Women's college basketball right now that is undefeated winning 27 straight games. They have shown no sign of slowing down and appear on track for a historic season. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the NCAA Tournament. I can see them standing on business with no problem at all.

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