No. 4 South Carolina, Cooke power past Alabama 87-63

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South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) battles for the ball against Alabama forward Ariyah Copeland (22) and Megan Abrams (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zia Cooke had 12 of her 21 points in the third quarter as No. 4 South Carolina won its 18th straight over Alabama and 28th in a row over Southeastern Conference opponents with an 87-63 victory on Sunday.

Cooke and the Gamecocks struggled to find their touch early on and trailed the Crimson Tide 41-40 at the half. But Cooke got things going after the break to lead a 15-5 surge that put South Carolina in front to stay.

Alabama’s drought against the Gamecocks goes back to 2008, the season before Dawn Staley took over as coach.

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