South Carolina Gets Its First Win Ever Against UConn

South Carolina 70, Connecticut 52

South Carolina Gets Its First Win Ever Against UConn
South Carolina’s Tyasha Harris (52) dribbling against Connecticut guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) on Monday night.Credit...Sean Rayford/Associated Press

STORRS, Conn. — Tyasha Harris had 19 points, Aliyah Boston dominated underneath, and top-ranked South Carolina defeated fifth-ranked Connecticut, 70-52, for the Gamecocks’ first-ever win over the Huskies.

The win was South Carolina’s 17th consecutive and its ninth victory in 10 games against ranked opponents. The Gamecocks (23-1) went into the game 0-8 all-time against UConn (20-3).

But South Carolina took control immediately with its suffocating defense, limiting the Huskies to 1-of-16 shooting to lead by 11-2 at the end of the first period.

Since women’s basketball changed to quarters in 2015-16, UConn’s lowest scoring total in a first quarter was 8 against Tulane in February 2016. The Huskies’ fewest in any quarter was 6 in a loss to Baylor last month.

Boston, a 6-foot-5 freshman, finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, her 10th double-double this season. She also had three of South Carolina’s eight steals and made her first 3-pointer this season.

Crystal Dangerfield led the Huskies with a career-high 28 points.

It was the second straight week the Huskies lost a showcase game. They fell, 74-56, at home to No. 3 Oregon the previous Monday.

The Huskies’ long run in the top five in the rankings, which dates to 2007, could be in jeopardy after this defeat. UConn slipped a spot in the rankings this week and should slide some more when the next vote is taken.

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