No. 18 South Carolina 60, Mississippi St. 46

Aleighsa Welch led No. 18 South Carolina with 16 points and

seven rebounds as the Gamecocks rolled over Mississippi State 60-46

Sunday for their first Southeastern Conference victory of the


Welch was 5-of-9 shooting and made 6 of 8 from the foul line.

Sancheon White added 11 points as nine different players scored for

South Carolina (13-2, 1-1), which dropped its SEC opener to No. 12

Tennessee Jan. 3.

The Gamecocks shot 35.9 percent (14 of 39) from the floor and

missed each of their two 3-point attempts, but won the rebound

battle 40-30 and drained 32 of 50 free-throw attempts.

South Carolina has now held 11 opponents to fewer than 50 points

this year. The Gamecocks entered with a 34.2-percent defensive

field goal rate, and held the Bulldogs to 32 percent (16 of


Kendra Grant led Mississippi State (8-7, 0-2) with 15 points.

Jerica James added 14.