No.21 Alabama 87, South Carolina 73
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) _ Kaunda Williams scored a career-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead No. 21 Alabama to an 87-73 victory over South Carolina Sunday.
The Crimson Tide (14-8, 4-6 Southeastern Conference) led 43-31 at halftime and built the lead to 50-35 two and a half minutes into the second half.
The Gamecocks’ Shaunzinski Gortman hit two free throws to cut Alabama’s lead to eight at the 12:06 mark. South Carolina (10-12, 0-11) then went on a 12-3 run that cut the margin to 62-58, but the Tide scored 12 of the next 16 points to put the game away.
In the first half, Alabama led 15-2 just four minutes into the game but the Gamecocks capitalized on Tide mistakes to cut the margin to 21-18 with 10:26 remaining in the half. Alabama rallied to take a 39-23 lead nearly seven minutes later.
The Crimson Tide outrebounded South Carolina 51-36 and shot 52 percent from the field compared to 34 percent by the Gamecocks.
Williams went 5-for-8 from the 3-point line. Nicole Carruth scored 13 points for Alabama, and Dominique Canty added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Gamecocks were led by Annie Lester, who scored 21 points. Jocelyn Penn added 16, and Shannon Segres had 12.