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

(AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was proud to take part in a showcase game with Mississippi State. She wouldn't be surprised to see one just like it on a much bigger stage in a few months.

A'ja Wilson tied her season high with 26 points and the fifth-ranked Gamecocks held off previously undefeated No. 4 Mississippi 64-61 in a Southeastern Conference showdown Monday night.

"It was a great game for the SEC. A great game for women's basketball," Staley said. "Two teams fighting it out."

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1 Connecticut18-0
2 Baylor19-1
3 Maryland19-1
4 Mississippi State20-1
5 South Carolina17-1
6 Florida State19-2
7 Washington19-2
8 Notre Dame18-3
9 Louisville18-4
10 Stanford17-3
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1 Connecticut18-0
2 South Carolina17-1
3 Notre Dame18-3
4 Mississippi State20-1
5 Florida State19-2
6 Washington19-2
7 Oregon State18-2
8 Baylor19-1
9 Duke17-3
10 Stanford17-3
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