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No. 1 South Carolina women beat Creighton, reach Final Four

No. 1 South Carolina women hit Creighton, stretch not here Final Four

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Aliyah Boston scored 19 points with every one other accompanied by led top-seeded South Carolina to its following unswerving Final Four accompanied by an 80-50 victory over Creighton on Sunday night, extremity the 10th-seeded Bluejays' astonishment sprint into and not here of the NCAA Tournament.

The Gamecocks (33-2) state-of-the-art to their fourth Final Four inside the past septet tournaments.

Boston lost her streak of 27 double-doubles inside a row, extremity accompanied by septet rebounds inside the blowout. But she gained a a a large amount of bigger prize — a report at redemption inside Minneapolis following week.

Last year, Boston missed a short putback inside the closing moments of the Gamecocks' 66-65 mislaying to eventual NCAA champion Stanford inside the national semifinals. She collapsed inside tears on the court of rules and regulations with every one other accompanied by has been almost single-minded inside wanting to complete what the team missed not here on then.

The Gamecocks will face either Louisville or Michigan on Friday inside the Final Four. The top-seeded Cardinals amuse oneself the No. 3 seed Wolverines for the Wichita Region title on Monday night.

South Carolina danced with every one other accompanied by celebrated the come first in on Sunday while Boston held up set of two fingers for its back-to-back Final Fours.

It was a disheartening extremity for the feel-good Bluejays (23-10), who had split not shut into and not here of the Greensboro Region to stretch not here the Elite Eight. Lauren Jensen had 12 points to lead the Bluejays.

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South Carolina had struggled on offense down the stretch this season, mainly inside the past quartet games — shooting less than 36% inside the SEC Tournament final mislaying to Kentucky with every one other accompanied by inside NCAA wins opposed to Howard, Miami with every one other accompanied by North Carolina.

This time, the Gamecocks were efficient, free-flowing with every one other accompanied by on target. They made sextet of their earliest septet shots to lay clasp of a 13-5 lead quartet minutes in. When Creighton closed to 13-10, South Carolina took off on a game-changing 31-10 surge to lay clasp of jurisdiction for good.

Boston was her unstoppable ego opposed to an competitor lacking a player taller than 6-foot-1. She made sextet of septet shots the earliest set of two quarters for 14 points. Destanni Henderson had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting including a set of two of 3-pointers.

The Gamecocks led 46-25 at the shatter with every one other accompanied by built the lead to 32 points late inside the fourth quarter.

Brea Beal with every one other accompanied by Henderson finished accompanied by 12 points apiece while Victaria Saxton had 11, giving South Carolina quartet starters inside dual figures.

Creighton had hoped its unconventional, fire-away-from-3 assault strength lay clasp of the Gamecocks by astonishment while it did to seventh-seeded Colorado, second-seeded Iowa with every one other accompanied by third-seeded Iowa State.

But a a large amount of exist fond of No. 15 seed St. Peter's on the men's side inside its lopsided mislaying to North Carolina earlier Sunday, the grind opposed to Power Five programs proved excessively a a large amount of to retain Cinderella dancing. Creighton could not match up sizewise accompanied by South Carolina with every one other accompanied by were outrebounded 43-23.

THE BIG PICTURE

Creighton: Bluejays bus Jim Flanery said it Saturday — he had a bunch of sophomores running around not here there with every one other accompanied by overachieving. Next year, they'll exist spine accompanied by additional experience with every one other accompanied by a understandable way of how good they tin be. That could signify another victorious NCAA sprint for the Big East Conference's Bluejays.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have discussed a singular supposition — to come first in it all — since they lost to Stanford inside the Final Four last year. South Carolina has arrived at that watershed moment, with every one other accompanied by are eager to congregate the team's following national title inside five years.

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