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Gamecocks Advance to Sweet Sixteen, Coach Praises Aliyah Boston’s Sacrifice

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The South Carolina Gamecocks secured their place in the Sweet Sixteen after defeating Norfolk State 72-40 on Friday and the University of South Florida (USF) in the second round on Sunday.

Senior forward and native Virgin Islander Aliyah Boston played a key role in the game against South Florida, scoring 11 points and securing 11 rebounds in her 29-minute contribution. This performance marked Boston’s 81st career double-double.

Though the Gamecocks led by only four points at halftime, they ultimately triumphed over USF with a final score of 76-45. Head coach Dawn Staley praised Boston’s selflessness, stating, “I’ve never coached a player like a superstar like herself that is full of sacrifice.”

Zia Cooke was the top scorer in Sunday’s game with 21 points, contributing to the Gamecocks’ 40th consecutive win and inching them closer to a potential national championship repeat.

The team now anticipates their Sweet Sixteen match on Saturday against the winner of the Oklahoma and UCLA game on Monday.

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