Originally created 12/03/01

South Carolina 76, Syracuse 58



COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Shaun Gortman scored 20 points and Jocelyn Penn added 15 to give No. 25 South Carolina a 76-58 victory against Syracuse Saturday afternoon.

Gortman showed no ill effects from the bruised bone in her leg, which caused here to miss Friday night's game against Duquesne. She didn't start, bu made her presence felt after entering the game with 13:03 left in the first half.

Gortman hit a deep three-pointer from the right wing in her first minute of action and did not shy away from full action.

The Lady Gamecocks (6-1) jumped out to a huge lead in the first half, scoring the game's first 11 points. Penn poured in six of her 15 points to spark South Carolina's charge. South Carolina stretched the margin to as many as 24 with 1:59 to play in the first half, carrying a 43-21 lead into the break.

Syracuse (3-3) hit a flurry of three-point shots to get back into the game in the opening stages of the second half. Julie McBride and Leaf Newman combined for four of Syracuse's six three-point baskets in the first 12 minutes of the second half. The Lady Orangewomen rallied behind runs of 8-0 and 7-0 to climb within seven points of South Carolina, 58-51, with 8:46 to play.

But the Lady Gamecocks rallied behind Gortman, who nailed three three-point goals over a 3:35 stretch down the wire to dash the Syracuse comeback bid.