COLUMBIA –– Separated by just 12 points at halftime, No. 21 South Carolina (3-0) dug in defensively in the second half and coasted down the stretch to an 81-54 victory Thursday over the College of Charleston (1-2).
Forward Asia Dozier led all scorers with 16 points for the Gamecocks women. Charleston was paced by Afreyea Tolbert’s 14 points.
NO. 24 GEORGIA 72, MERCER 41
In Athens, Ga., Georgia’s women cruised past underdog Mercer Thursday night to a comfortable victory.
The Bulldogs (2-0) were paced by Erika Ford and Shacobla Barbee, who had 15 points each.
Mercer (1-2) was led by Ana Anderson’s 14 points.
NO. 2 DUKE 123, USC UPSTATE 40
In Durham, N.C., the Duke women crushed USC Upstate on Thursday, jumping out to a huge first-half lead and never looking back.
The Blue Devils (2-0), were led in the game by Tricia Liston’s game-high 20 points. Raven Jefferson scored 10 points for USC Upstate (2-2).
NO. 9 BAYLOR 111, NICHOLLS STATE 58
In Waco, Texas, the Baylor (2-0) women rolled to a dominating victory on Thursday night over Nicholls State (1-1).
Ex-Laney star Khadijiah Cave scored 17 points.
MIAMI 84, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69
In Miami, Fla., reserve James Kelly scored 17 points to lead Miami (2-1) to victory over Texas Southern (2-1) Thursday night.
Donnavan Kirk scored 15 points for the Hurricanes.
TOLEDO 95, BOSTON COLLEGE 92
In Boston, Mass., Julius Brown scored 23 points, Justin Drummond had 20 and Toledo (1-1) overcame a late deficit to beat Boston College (0-3) on Thursday.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 78, KENNESAW STATE 55
In Starkville, Miss., Mississippi State (2-0) placed five players in double digits Thursday night to beat Kennesaw State (1-4).
Fred Thomas had 17 points for the Bulldogs.