The Terps were forced to foul the Gamecocks to save their chances of pulling off an upset, giving SC four free throws in the final seconds of the game, but failed to score on their last offensive possession.
The Gamecocks outrebounded a No. 15 Maryland team famed for its ability to win on the boards. Swinging the ball around and over the top of a 2-3 zone created to stop entry passes to Wilson, the Gamecocks scored their first nine points from beyond the arc. And the score was a lopsided 73-54 in favor of USC after three quarters of play.
Then, they almost gave it all back. "She had four points at halftime".
The Gamecocks lost three key scorers from last season but still have senior forward A'ja Wilson, the jewel of Staley's program who erupted for 23 points in April's title game. "We obviously know that the second game of the season in November isn't who we are going to be come January, February or March". The biggest thing was getting a good road win. I thought we got a little worn out and started shooting the ball too quickly, allowing them to get the ball back and play fast and downhill, like they like to play. "They controlled the tempo.in the fourth quarter".
The Clemson Tigers will take on the University of South Carolina Gamecocks Saturday, November 25th.
Midway through the third quarter, Jennings already had a double-double, and she finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Alexis Jennings contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds.
What channel will Maryland-South Carolina be on?"Most teams would have put their head down and rolled over and called it quits, but I thought this team showed a lot of fight and a lot of pride to be able to fight to the bitter end". And if there were any doubts about whether the Terps could come back from as many as 26 points down in the third quarter, she addressed those, too.
SC had made its intentions known from the opening tip, which Wilson, dwarfing Charles at the center circle, might not have needed to jump for to win. The Gamecocks did not make anything easier on themselves by posting a 26.7 field goal percentage and missing seven free throws in the fourth quarter.
"Throughout it all, you have to stay disciplined. You have to stay in character", Staley said.
Ultimately, it was Harris who kept the upset at bay.
As the visitors started to struggle from the free-throw line and with defending dribble drives, Maryland (1-1) made its move.
"We got a great point guard. She's just that talented".
Wilson and Harris' career performances accounted for 55 percent of South Carolina's offense.
Though Maryland couldn't overcome its early mistakes with late-game heroics, Frese said Monday's game should give the Terps confidence as they wade through a sticky nonconference slate. So I kind of went with it.