Gamecocks upset Lady Vols, 64-60

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Markeshia Grant scored 27 points and South Carolina beat No. 8 Tennessee 64-60 on Thursday night for its first win over the Lady Volunteers since 1980.

The Gamecocks (18-5, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) were down 60-55, when Ashley Bruner hit a layup with 3:18 to play. The basket launched a 9-0 run for South Carolina to close out the game, and Ieasia Walker hit the go-ahead layup with 2:15 to play.

Lady Vols (16-6, 7-2) missed five shots during the run and wouldn't score again.

Tennessee outshot South Carolina 41.4 percent to 39.4 percent but had little answer for the Gamecocks guards.

Glory Johnson scored 13 points to lead Tennessee. The Lady Vols hadn't dropped a SEC game at home since a loss to LSU on Feb. 14, 2008, but have struggled in the first season since coach Pat Summitt announced she'd been diagnosed with early onset dementia.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The #8 Lady Vols saw their 28-game home conference win streak come to an end as South Carolina handed Tennessee a 64-60 defeat. The Gamecocks finished the game on a run 9-0 run to claim their first-ever win in Knoxville after being 0-20 all-time. Markeshia Grant scored a career-high 27 points including seven 3-pointers for USC (18-5, 7-3 SEC).
The Lady Vols (16-6, 7-2) were led by Glory Johnson, who had 13 points. Ariel Massengale added 12.
All-time USC was 2-44 against the Lady Vols. The last time South Carolina beat Tennessee was on Jan. 23, 1980, a 56-52 USC win at home.
The last time Tennessee dropped a home SEC game was on Feb. 14, 2008, a 78-62 defeat at the hands of #7 LSU.
Ieasia Walker put home a lay-up with 2:15 left to take the lead for good, 61-60. Walker then knocked down one of two free throws with 1:00 left to make it a 62-60 game. The Gamecocks forced a jumpball and took possession with 45 seconds remaining. After Grant missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left La'Keisha Sutton grabbed an offensive rebound. Sutton then knocked down two free throws with 12 seconds left to seal the win. Those free throws were just the fourth and fifth made foul shots for South Carolina, which started 3-12 from the free-throw line in the game.
After being down by five, the Lady Vols rallied to tie the game at 46 all on a Shekinna Stricklen layup with 10:23 left in the second half. A Taber Spani 3-pointer -- Tennessee's first trey of the game -- with 9:57 left gave the Lady Vols a 49-46 wrapping an 8-0 run. A Kamiko Williams 3-point play extended the advantage to 52-48 with 8:48 left.
Tennessee took the first lead of more than five points in the game on a Williams' jumpshot with 5:00 left in the game. That put the Lady Vols up 57-50.
USC rallied back as Grant nailed her seven 3-pointer of the game with 3:41 left to cut the Gamecocks deficit to 57-55. That added to Grant's career-high, but was her first basket in 10 minutes.
South Carolina trimmed the lead to one at 60-59 after a steal by Ashley Bruner and a lay-in by Aleighsa Welch with 2:49 left.
The game was close throughout with neither team leading by seven points all night. Tennessee didn't score for the final 3:38 of the game on a Johnson lay-up.
The Gamecocks went on an 8-0 run over a two-minute span to take a 43-38 lead with 14:28 left in the second half.
South Carolina held a narrow 29-28 lead at halftime thanks to 15 points from Grant, who tallied 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting. The remainder of the USC squad shot just 7-of-24 from the floor (29.1 percent). Massengale had nine points in the first stanza to lead all Lady Vols.
Tennessee did not have a steal in the game and made just one 3-pointer, that Spani trey in the second half.
The Lady Vols return to action on Sunday, Feb. 5 at 2 p.m., as Tennessee hosts Auburn. The game will air on the SEC Network and can be heard on the Vol Network.

Official Basketball Box Score
South Carolina vs TENNESSEE
02/02/12 7:05 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn.

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VISITORS: South Carolina 18-5, 7-3 SEC
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
12 STEPHENS, Charenee.. f 1-2 0-0 1-1 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 32
21 BRUNER, Ashley...... f 2-10 0-0 1-5 3 2 5 2 5 2 1 0 2 22
03 WALKER, Ieasia...... g 5-15 0-5 1-2 1 3 4 3 11 6 0 1 2 38
05 GRANT, Markeshia.... g 10-21 7-12 0-2 1 1 2 2 27 1 2 0 2 34
11 SUTTON, La'Keisha... g 5-12 0-3 2-2 3 3 6 3 12 2 1 0 1 38
20 WHITE, Sancheon..... 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
23 ROY, Tina........... 0-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
24 WELCH, Aleighsa..... 3-3 0-0 0-2 2 7 9 3 6 1 0 1 0 26
TEAM................ 1 3 4
Totals.............. 26-66 7-22 5-14 13 23 36 15 64 12 4 2 7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 13-35 37.1% 2nd Half: 13-31 41.9% Game: 39.4% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 3-12 25.0% 2nd Half: 4-10 40.0% Game: 31.8% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 0-4 0.0% 2nd Half: 5-10 50.0% Game: 35.7% 5

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HOME TEAM: TENNESSEE 16-6, 7-2 SEC
TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
## Player Name FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF TP A TO BLK S MIN
11 Burdick, Cierra..... f 1-2 0-0 2-2 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 0 8
40 Stricklen, Shekinna. f 3-7 0-2 2-4 3 7 10 3 8 2 0 1 0 35
25 Johnson, Glory...... c 6-11 0-0 1-1 2 7 9 5 13 0 2 3 0 26
05 Massengale, Ariel... g 4-14 0-4 4-4 0 3 3 1 12 3 4 0 0 40
10 Simmons, Meighan.... g 2-8 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 24
04 Williams, Kamiko.... 3-3 0-0 1-1 1 1 2 0 7 0 0 1 0 17
13 Spani, Taber........ 3-9 1-1 1-3 2 2 4 1 8 1 3 0 0 31
15 Manning, Alicia..... 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 6 7 1 4 1 0 0 0 10
21 Baugh, Vicki........ 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 2 0 0 9
TEAM................ 2 2
Totals.............. 24-58 1-8 11-15 13 31 44 12 60 7 11 6 0 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-31 38.7% 2nd Half: 12-27 44.4% Game: 41.4% DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half: 0-2 0.0% 2nd Half: 1-6 16.7% Game: 12.5% REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 4-6 66.7% 2nd Half: 7-9 77.8% Game: 73.3% 2

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Officials: Dee Kantner, Laura Morris, Carla Fountain
Technical fouls: South Carolina-None. TENNESSEE-None.
Attendance: 15021
Score by Periods 1st 2nd Total
South Carolina................ 29 35 - 64
TENNESSEE..................... 28 32 - 60
UT's #25 fouls out @ 12.0/2

Points in the paint-SC 24,UT 36. Points off turnovers-SC 9,UT 6.
2nd chance points-SC 14,UT 12. Fast break points-SC 4,UT 4.
Bench points-SC 6,UT 19. Score tied-5 times. Lead changed-10 times.
Last FG-SC 2nd-02:15, UT 2nd-03:38.
Largest lead-SC by 5 1st-16:18, UT by 7 2nd-05:02.


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