Wilson leads No. 5 South Carolina past No. 4 Bulldogs

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) A'ja Wilson tied her season high with 26 points, Allisha Gray had 16 of her 17 points in the final two quarters and No. 5 South Carolina held off previously undefeated No. 4 Mississippi State 64-61 in a Southeastern Conference showdown Monday night.

The Gamecocks (17-1, 7-0 SEC) trailed 35-28 at halftime and were still down 48-46 with less than two minutes left in the third period. But behind Wilson and Gray, South Carolina pushed forward for its ninth straight win over the Bulldogs (20-1, 6-1) and grabbed control of the conference as it tries for a fourth straight SEC title.

Mississippi State had several chances to win. Victoria Vivians could've tied the game at 62 after getting fouled on a 3-pointer with 18.6 seconds left. But after hitting the first two free throws, Vivians' final attempt rattled away and the ball went out of bounds off the Gamecocks.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut18-0
2 Baylor19-1
3 Maryland19-1
4 Mississippi State20-0
5 South Carolina16-1
6 Florida State19-2
7 Washington19-2
8 Notre Dame18-3
9 Louisville18-4
10 Stanford17-3
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Connecticut18-0
2 South Carolina16-1
3 Notre Dame18-3
4 Mississippi State20-0
5 Florida State19-2
6 Washington19-2
7 Oregon State18-2
8 Baylor19-1
9 Duke17-3
10 Stanford17-3
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