No. 15 South Carolina 65, Alabama 53

Aleighsa Welch and Ashley Bruner posted double-doubles as No. 15

South Carolina led wire-to-wire in a 65-53 win over Alabama on

Thursday night, giving the Gamecocks their second straight 20-win

season and 12th in school history.

Welch scored 16 points with 10 rebounds while Bruner had 15

points and 11 boards – surpassing 600 career rebounds – for South

Carolina (20-3), which is 8-2 in Southeastern Conference play for

the first time since 2001-02.

The Gamecocks dominated inside, outrebounding the Crimson Tide

53-24 and taking a 42-22 advantage in the paint.

South Carolina, which ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring defense,

led by 10 in the first half, but Alabama (12-11, 2-8) closed to

31-27 at intermission.

Welch scored the first six points of the second half to push the

Gamecocks’ lead into double digits for good.

Daisha Simmons’ 18 points paced the Crimson Tide, who have lost

four straight.