The start of college basketball season also means the return of blowouts, and No. 1 South Carolina wasted no time before dismantling its first opponent.
The Gamecocks routed College of Charleston, 119-38, Wednesday night, to secure their second-largest win in program history, according to The State. The 81-point victory is tied for the fourth-greatest scoring margin in all of Division I women's basketball over the past five seasons.
The Gamecocks scored more points and field goals and grabbed more rebounds than they have in head coach Dawn Staley’s 12-plus seasons with the program. Every player scored, and four recorded double-doubles.
The 119 points are tied for third most scored in a single game in program history. The victory also extends the team’s program-record winning streak to 27 games.
South Carolina ended last season with the most Top 25 wins, the longest active winning streak and was ranked No. 1 longer than any other team.