Wilson back, No. 10 South Carolina women top Kentucky 81-64
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was relieved to get her top player back on the court.
Senior A’Ja Wilson came off the bench and scored 26 points after missing two games because of an ankle injury, leading No. 10 South Carolina over Kentucky 81-64 Sunday.
It helped (us) in so many aspects of the game, Staley said. Obviously she can score the ball and she can rebound and defensively she blocks shots. She’s an intimidator in the paint.
Maci Morris led Kentucky (9-11, 1-5) with 19 points. Taylor Murray had 17 points, KeKe McKinney had 12 and Dorie Harrison 11.
I saw some signs of progress for us today, Mitchell said. We’re disappointed in the result, but we have to keep getting better and keep working.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks return from the road following two straight wins, recovering from an 86-70 loss to No. 6 Tennessee last week. After home games against Arkansas and Missouri, they host top-ranked Connecticut on Feb. 1.
Kentucky: Eight of Kentucky’s 11 losses have been against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll this season, including three against conference rivals. This was among three games for the Wildcats this season at Rupp Arena.
Stanford (12-8, 6-2) missed its first six field-goal attempts and UCLA never trailed. Canada scored five points during a 10-0 opening run and Lauren Miller made a layup to make it 22-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Bruins took their biggest lead when a layup by Billings made it 47-34 early in the fourth quarter and UCLA hit 15 of 18 from the free-throw line, including 10 of 12 by Canada, from there to seal it.
Kiana Williams, the only Cardinal player to score in double figures, had 14 points. Stanford made 6 of 24 from 3-point range and shot just 45 percent (5 of 11) from the foul line.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said Burnett, Davis, Crawford and Breein Tyree — the four veterans who the Rebels depend on — did a good job of penetrating Alabama’s defense and then making the extra pass to get open looks.
At the end of all of that, you’ve got to make the shot, Kennedy said. And tonight we were fortunate enough to make them.