Originally created 12/21/06

Local basketball roundup



GAFFNEY, S.C. - Limestone built a 21-point halftime lead and went on to overwhelm USC Aiken 78-52 Wednesday night.

Sam Hampton scored 15 points to lead Limestone (5-3), coached by former USC Aiken coach Larry Epperly. Terrell Smith added 12, and Marq Bell had 11.

Cory Broyles scored 11 points to lead USC Aiken (5-7).

SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN 87, HIGH POINT 49

In Columbia, Iva Sliskovic recorded South Carolina's first triple-double since 2003 in the Gamecocks rout.

Sliskovic had 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists to become the first Gamecock to record the feat since Cristina Ciocan had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists against Clemson in 2003.

Sliskovic's 18 points was a season-high and her 10 assists were a career-high.

Melanie Johnson had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Game-cocks (6-4), while Lauren Simms scored 12 points.

Ilona Burgrova scored a season-high 11 points in her first start of the season.

High Point (5-5) used 3-pointers to keep the game close in the opening minutes before the Gamecocks used a 16-0 run lasting 3:12 to break the game away early.

A free throw by Burgrova and consecutive jumpers from Stacy Booker and Simms pushed the Gamecocks' lead to 24-6 before High Point was able to stop its scoring drought with a shot from the top of the key.

The offensive spurts went stagnant over the next five minutes, as both teams traded baskets for much of the rest of the half.

The lead stayed around 16 points until Johnson began to take over in the final three minutes, scoring South Carolina's final 10 points of the half, bringing her first-half total to 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting.

With the first half belonging to Johnson, the second half was Sliskovic's.

The senior from Croatia remained on the court for the majority of the half and scored 12 of her 18 points over the final 20 minutes to help push South Carolina's lead into the 30s.