Coates was 5 of 6 from the field and went 11 of 15 from the line and grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Three other players for the Gamecocks (6-0) were in double digits including Tiffany Mitchell with 17, Asia Dozier with 16, and Khadjah Sessions with 12.
South Carolina closed the first half with a comfortable 43-29 lead. The Gamecocks hit 52.7 percent from the field and 67.7 percent from the free-throw line.
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 76, PENN 54
In Philadelphia, Kayla McBride scored 15 points and Taya Reimer added 14 to lead a balanced attack as Notre Dame (4-0) beat Penn (0-2).
The game marked the return of Notre Dame forward Natalie Achonwa, who missed the first three games while recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee. The senior was supposed to miss at least a month, but returned in just three weeks.
She started for the Irish (4-0) and had four points in 14 minutes.
NO. 8 MARYLAND 90, TOWSON 53
In Towson, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Maryland (4-1) used a late run in the first half to pull away from Towson (1-4).
NO. 9 BAYLOR 92, TEXAS SAN ANTONIO 62
In Waco, Texas, Odyssey Sims scored 28 points, Nina Davis had 14 points and seven rebounds and Baylor (6-0) beat Texas San Antonio (2-4).
The Lady Bears extended the nation’s longest home winning streak to 63, rolling through three games in as many nights by an average score of 93-49 before a nine-day break.
Former Laney standout Khadijiah Cave had two points and five rebounds in eight minutes for Baylor.
NO. 15 LOUSIAIA STATE 81, LOUISIANA TECH 69
In Ruston, La., Raigyne Moncrief had 17 points and Louisiana State (4-1) held Louisiana Tech (0-3) to only 29.4 percent shooting in a victory.
PITTSBURGH 60, LOYOLA (MD.) 54
In Baltimore, Md., Asia Logan scored 15 points to lead Pittsburgh (3-2) past Loyola (Md.) 1-4.
VIRGINIA TECH 77, HOFSTRA 72
In Hempstead, N.Y., Uju Ugoka scored 26 points to lead Virginia Tech (5-0) past Hofstra (2-3) in overtime.