Wilson's career-high leads helps No. 4 Gamecocks hold off No. 15 Maryland

Wilson's career-high leads helps No. 4 Gamecocks hold off No. 15 Maryland

From staff reports

A'ja Wilson scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Monday night to help the defending national champions withstand a late charge at No. 15 Maryland. 

The No. 4 Gamecocks (2-0) let a 26-point lead slip away before Tyasha Harris made a three-point play with 23 seconds left to clinch the 94-86 victory.

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Wilson had 18 points by halftime and finished with her 32nd career double-double. She went 10 for 19 from the field and made 12 of 18 free throws. Her previous career high was 31 points against Texas last December.

Harris, South Carolina's other returning starter, had 20 points and nine assists. Kentucky transfer Alexis Jennings contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds.

After Watson drilled a pair of 3-pointers in a 13-2 run that got the Terrapins to 34-26, Wilson scored 10 points in a 17-10 spurt that made it 51-36 at the half. The Gamecocks stretched their lead to 71-45 in the third quarter.

Maryland rallied, but couldn't finish. 

After a layup by Maryland’s Channise Lewis made it a one-possession game at 87-84, Carolina responded when Harris converted a three-point play to stretch the lead to 90-84 with 23 seconds to play. Harris scored 17 of her 20 points in the second half.

Both teams committed 12 turnovers, but the Gamecocks made the most of Maryland’s miscues on the offensive end. Carolina finished the game with a 16-9 advantage in points off turnovers.

Four Gamecocks have now logged career-highs in points over Carolina’s first two games of the season. Sophomore forward Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan (18) and junior guard Doniyah Cliney (15) both recorded career-best scoring outputs in the Gamecocks’ season-opening win over Alabama State last Friday. Jennings registered her first career double-double for Carolina, finishing with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

 Carolina continues its non-conference slate Thursday in-state rival Clemson. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.