COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Jocelyn Penn scored 17 points to lead
No. 14 South Carolina to a 71-52 victory over No. 6 Vanderbilt
on Thursday night, continuing the Gamecocks' best start ever.
South Carolina (13-1) used a 18-2 run during the middle of
the first half to pull away from the Commodores (12-3) and
go on to a 37-21 halftime lead.
Penn had half of her 12 first-half points in the run.
ZuzI Klimesova had 17 points for the Commodores, who didn't
get closer than 11 points in the second half.
Shaunzinski Gortman had 15 points and Kelly Morrone added
11 for South Carolina. The Gamecocks' largest lead of the
game was 69-46 on a 3-pointer by Morrone with 2:21 left.
Chantelle Anderson, the Commodores' leading scorer at 20.9
points per game, was held scoreless in the first half. Her
first point didn't come until a free throw early in the second
half, then she picked up her fourth foul with 12:54 left in
the game. She finished with three points.
The Gamecocks' aggressive defense got eight steals and forced
the Commodores into 10 turnovers in the first half. Christina
Ciocan hit a 3-pointer with 5:42 left to put the Gamecocks
up 30-10 in the first half.
The Gamecocks shot 45 percent (10-for-22) from 3-point range.
Gortman and Morrone each had three 3-pointers while Ciocan
and Tatyana Triona each had two.
Vanderbilt leads the series 12-4 with all four of its losses