COLUMBIA - Melanie Johnson, a senior from Barnwell, S.C., scored 18 points and a dozen players scored as South Carolina overwhelmed Hartford 81-40 Sunday in the second round of the Women's NIT.
The Gamecocks (18-14) also got 10 points from Lauren Simms. Lea Fabbri added seven points and high a game-high nine assists.
South Carolina shot 61.8 per-cent from the field, the sixth-best percentage in school history.
MaryLynne Schaefer led Hartford (25-9) with 15 points.
SOUTH CAROLINA 81, HARTFORD 40
COLUMBIA - MELANIE JOHN-SON, A SENIOR FROM BARNWELL, S.C., SCORED 18 POINTS AND A DOZEN PLAYERS SCORED AS SOUTH CAROLINA OVERWHELMED HARTFORD 81-40 SUNDAY IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE WOMEN'S NIT.
THE GAMECOCKS (18-14) ALSO GOT 10 POINTS FROM LAUREN SIMMS. LEA FABBRI ADDED SEVEN POINTS AND HIGH A GAME-HIGH NINE ASSISTS.
SOUTH CAROLINA SHOT 61.8 PER-CENT FROM THE FIELD, THE SIXTH-BEST PERCENTAGE IN SCHOOL HISTORY.
MARYLYNNE SCHAEFER LED HARTFORD (25-9) WITH 15 POINTS.