Boston leads No. 1 South Carolina to win over Buffalo

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Aliyah Boston scored 19 of her 23 points in the first half and top-ranked South Carolina beat Buffalo 88-60 on Saturday night in the opening round of the inaugural Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Kamilla Cardoso, who transferred from Syracuse in April, had her best game of the young season for the Gamecocks, adding 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The 6-foot-7 ACC freshman of the year last season complemented Boston well.

Dyaisha Fair led Buffalo (1-1) with 22 points.

The Gamecocks (4-0) led by three after one quarter before extending the advantage to 45-33 at the half. Boston had 11 points in the second.

South Carolina used its size to pull away in the third quarter, and outrebounded the Bulls 49-26.

The Gamecocks shot a sizzling 65% from the field in the second half and 58% for the game.


Buffalo: This tournament will give the Bulls much needed experience against Power Five schools. Buffalo was the only mid-major program invited to the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Bulls played South Carolina two other times in school history, the last one coming in the Sweet 16 in 2018 — a Gamecocks win.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks didn't get much out of second-leading scorer Zia Cooke, who came into the game averaging 13.3 points. She finished with four.


South Carolina coach Dawn Staley feels that her Buffalo counterpart Felisha Legette-Jack deserves another chance at a Power Five school if she wants it. Staley has been advocating for more coaching opportunities for Black women. Legette-Jack coached at Indiana before being let go and taking over at Buffalo, where she's guided the team to its first-ever Sweet 16 in 2018 before losing to the Gamecocks.


Buffalo: Faces Oklahoma in the consolation bracket on Sunday.

South Carolina: Plays No. 9 Oregon in the semifinals on Sunday.


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