SIOUX FALLS, SD (AP) – Destanni Henderson scored 15 points – including four 3-pointers – and No. 1 South Carolina overwhelmed South Dakota 72-41 Friday night at the Mammoth Sports Construction Invitational.
The Gamecocks (2-0) built a quick 10-0 lead, and South Dakota didn’t score their first field goal until Liv Korngable scored just under three minutes from time in the first quarter. Korngable ended the Coyotes’ lead (0-2) with 24 points and five rebounds.
South Dakota brought the home crowd into play when they cut to 43-30 on a basket of chole lamb in the middle of the third quarter. But Henderson hit 3s in a row and South Carolina didn’t look back. Zia Cooke added 10 points for the Gamecocks.
The South Carolina defense smothered the coyotes, limiting them to only 25.4% shooting.
It was the second year in a row that South Carolina played number 1 against South Dakota in Sioux Falls. After beating the Coyotes last year, South Carolina won 13 of the next 14.
South Carolina: Clemson hosted Wednesday before heading to the Bahamas for the Women’s Battle for Atlantis tournament.
South Dakota: On Monday in Drake.
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