Originally created 12/24/06

Gamecocks rout S.C. State



COLUMBIA - Iva Sliskovic scored 15 points and Lauren Simms added 14 points and a career-best 10 assists to lead South Carolina to an 85-42 win over South Carolina State on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (7-4) led by 15 points five minutes into the game and their lead never went below 10 after they finished the first half on a 14-4 run to take a 39-20 lead at the break.

South Carolina dominated the inside, scoring 40 points in the paint, compared to just 18 inside points for the Lady Bulldogs (2-9).

The Gamecocks shot 57.6 percent (34 of 59) from the field, compared to 26.3 percent (15 of 57) for South Carolina State.

Sliskovic made all six of her shots from the field and was 3-for-4 from the foul line.

Brionna Dickerson scored a career-high 12 points for South Carolina. Lakesha Tolliver also had 12, hitting both of her field goals and all eight of her free throws.

Rasheeda Jones had 12 points to lead South Carolina State.

NO. 6 CONNECTICUT 85, OAKLAND, MICH. 53

In Hartford, Conn., Kalana Greene had 14 points and 13 rebounds and the Huskies remained undefeated.

Four Huskies scored in double figures to lead UConn to its first 9-0 start in three seasons.

Oakland (4-8) scored the game's first point, but never led again. Nicole Piggott led Oakland with 14 points and Jessica Pike had 10.

UConn used a 12-0 run to go up 25-7, scoring 18 of those 25 points in the paint. The Huskies' two centers, 6-foot-3 Brittany Hunter and 6-4 freshman Tina Charles, dominated underneath in the first half, before both left the game with injuries.

The win was No. 598 for UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who is in his 22nd season and on track to reach 600 wins faster than any coach in history.