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No. 1 South Carolina Rallies No. 2 Stanford 65-61. Ahead of

by Pete Iacobelli

COLOMBIA, SC (AP) — Aaliyah Boston didn’t miss this time as her 1:05 lap gave No. 1 South Carolina a 65-61 win over No. 2 Stanford on Tuesday night.

She finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, her fifth straight double-double and the 36th of her career.

It was Boston who couldn’t convert the Cardinals in the final seconds of the last four last April to a 66-65 victory on their way to the national championship.

This time, the 6-foot-5 All-American set himself down, took the ball from Destiny Henderson and put it for the game-winning basket as Gamecock (12-0) rallied from 18 points down in the first. To survive his best start in half six years. It was the biggest comeback in school history.

Stanford (8-3) had a chance to go ahead, but Cameron Brink’s jumper came off the rim and into Boston’s capable hands.

Boston hit a foul shot and Destiny Littleton closed the win by hitting a pair with 0.8 seconds, South Carolina’s second on the No. 2 team this season and fifth against a top-10 opponent.

It was a complete reversal for the Cardinal, who took a 17-point lead after Hannah jumped to open the second half with a 3-pointer. Then the Henderson-driven Gamecock went 22-4 and took a 50-49 lead in the final period.

Henderson had 17 points and seven assists after missing the last three games due to injury. He also had seven thefts.

Cameron Brink, Stanford’s leading scorer coming in 14.2 points a game, was kept in check by Gamecocks and finished with three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Lexi Hull led Stanford on 17 points, only three of those to come in the final three quarters.

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South Carolina had been waiting for it since the last Final Four, with Bray Beale and Boston missing two small cracks in the basket.

But it was Stanford who got out early. Lexi Hull scored 14 points on a pair of 3-pointers in the opening quarter and the Cardinals maintained the barrage from outside.

Hull’s sister Lacy started the second period with a 3-pointer. Jump and Anna Wilson added long-distance baskets. By the time Haley Jones was freed for a layoff, Stanford was up 34-16 in front of a stunned, mostly packed home of South Carolina fans.

Stanford had the right formula to beat South Carolina: Make the most of your shots and push Boston away from the basket.

The pressure from South Carolina took its toll on Stanford, who made 20 turnovers, 12 of which were in the last two periods.

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Stanford: The Cardinals were clicking when the shot fell. Once that stalled in the second half, they couldn’t keep up with South Carolina’s momentum in Henderson’s backcourt and its rebounding in Boston’s lead. Don’t be surprised to see these two play again in March or April.

South Carolina: Gamecock needed every bit of Henderson, who had missed the last few games. She is an experienced leader who drives the team forward. He did it in it and will have to do more of it with SEC Play Upcoming.


Stanford begins Pac 12 Conference games in Washington on December 31.

South Carolina began Southeastern Conference Play in Missouri on December 30.

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