COLOMBIA, SC (NWN) — Aaliyah Boston had 21 points and 17 rebounds to make her first 9-0 start in six years with a 65-44 win over Kansas State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Friday. 1 headed to South Carolina. Night.
The Boston, 6-foot-5 All-American, has been in tears since winning Gamecock’s Battle 4 Atlantis event last month, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in his last six games. Earlier this week, she scored a career-best 29 on 13 out of 13 shoots.
Boston wasn’t as accurate this time around – 9 of 11 off the field – but was effective every way in going 6-6 against one of the game’s top forwards in Ayoka Lee, who had double-doubles in her last six games .
Lee and the Wildcats, however, could not match up with South Carolina, even with Gamecock missing injured starting point guard Destiny Henderson.
Lee, who averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds, picked up three fouls in his first 12 minutes and finished the season with 14 points and six rebounds.
Kansas State (7-2) fell all-time 0-14 against No. 1 ranked opponents.
6-4 forward Leticia Amihere, who filled the point guard spot with Henderson, had 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five of South Carolina’s 11 blocked shots.
Boston filled in with its four blocks and three assists.
Boston had reached a double-double by halftime with 11 points and 11 boards. But things didn’t go South Carolina’s way until Lee went near the bench for a foul.
By 19–17, Amihere went 11–0 with three points to go, before a 6–7 Syracuse transfer was carried out by Camilla Cardoso and Boston inside the basket. When freshman Sania Feigin scored a foul shot in the final 40 seconds, South Carolina was up 30-17.
The Wildcats were just 2 of 14 off the field in the second quarter, missing their last nine shots.
South Carolina continued its surge in the third quarter with a 15-5 start that ended in a 45-22 lead by Amihere’s third 3-pointer of the season, which Kansas State could not overcome.
Bryly Glenn had 10 points to lead the Wildcats.
Kansas State: The Wildcats are 0-2 against teams ranked in the top five (they lost to fifth-ranked North Carolina State 90-69 last month) and 7-0 against everyone else on their schedule . With Lee limited by fouls, Kansas State is a different team against the top competition.
South Carolina: Amire showed skill and brilliance in bringing the ball up, something coach Don Staley said recently in the face of Henderson’s absence. Things can get more difficult on the road as South Carolina’s next three games are at home to Maryland, against Duke on the road and at home versus Stanford.
Kansas State plays in Omaha on Wednesday.
South Carolina is closed for nine days and is at home on December 12 before facing No. 8 Maryland.
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