The highest-ranked South Carolina ladies’s basketball workforce noticed its 29-game profitable streak finish Thursday at residence in Columbia, South Carolina, because the Gamecocks had been upset 54-46 by No. 8 NC State.
It was the primary loss for the Gamecocks since Nov. 28, 2019, after they fell to Indiana 71-57 within the Virgin Islands. South Carolina did not lose once more final season and ended it ranked No. 1; the Gamecocks would have been a No. 1 seed had there been an NCAA match.
The Gamecocks began this season at No. 1 and obtained off to a 3-0 begin. However offensively, they struggled towards NC State, taking pictures simply 27% from the sector (20 of 74). This was a recreation wherein the Gamecocks undoubtedly appeared to overlook level guard Tyasha Harris, who completed her profession final season and moved on to the WNBA.
“We simply had no movement,” South Carolina coach Daybreak Staley mentioned. “In 21 years, I by no means felt what I felt through the recreation. Uncoachable, untamable, simply not listening, simply egocentric play. It’s going to open our eyes to see how we should be and the way we have to play each time we step on the ground. We’d like some management. We’d like any person who’s going to step up and say, ‘We have to get organized, we have to take higher pictures.’
“We will not depend on simply being proficient. That expertise has to play as a cohesive unit, and we didn’t do this tonight. And it is disheartening. We have got to reel them again in and work out how one can bounce again.”
Zia Cooke and Laeticia Amihere had 11 factors apiece to guide the Gamecocks. It was the primary time South Carolina has been held beneath 50 factors in a recreation since Feb. 10, 2013, after they misplaced 50-48 at residence to Texas A&M.
“Usually we discuss attempting to carry a workforce to 60 factors,” NC State coach Wes Moore mentioned. “Our protection has not been good. Tonight, we stepped up in an enormous recreation and did an incredible job for essentially the most half maintaining them in entrance of us. Whereas additionally concentrating on attempting to maintain the ball out of the paint. I am happy with it, as a result of I have been the worst critic of our protection to date this yr.”
Coming into the sport, NC State was 2-17 vs No. 1-ranked groups within the Related Press ballot period, which for the ladies started within the 1976-77 season. The final time the Wolfpack beat a No. 1 workforce, the coach was nonetheless Kay Yow, who died in 2009. That was within the 2007 ACC match semifinals, when the Wolfpack beat Duke 70-65, the Blue Devils’ first loss that yr.
Moore is in his eighth season at NC State, which received the ACC match title final season and has began this season 3-0. Kayla Jones had 16 factors and 12 rebounds to guide the Wolfpack, who had been with out starter Jada Boyd (knee damage.) The Wolfpack did not shoot effectively, both, at 29.4%, however their protection made up for it.
“I am simply very excited proper now,” Jones mentioned. “Normally I take the again seat and simply do the little issues to get my teammates open. However I knew I needed to be aggressive so we might come out and get this win.”