DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — With the game on the line, No. 1 South Carolina put the ball in the hands of its preseason All-American.
It wound up going to the Gamecocks’ freshman star — and that turned out just fine, too.
A’ja Wilson’s putback of Tiffany Mitchell’s miss with 1.8 seconds remaining lifted South Carolina past No. 9 Duke 51-50 on Sunday.
“I didn’t hesitate … We wanted the ball in (Mitchell’s) hands,” coach Dawn Staley said. “She definitely made a play for us. … She sucked the defense in to give A’ja and all of our other players (a chance) to get the rebound and the putback.”
Asia Dozier scored 11 points and Wilson finished with 10 for the Gamecocks (8-0), who trailed by four with less than 20 seconds left before rallying for their first road win over a top-10 team in nearly three years.
Rebecca Greenwell had 12 points and foul-plagued All-American Elizabeth Williams had all five of hers in the final 4