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S.C. gets first SEC win at expense of Alabama

The Associated Press

Stacy Booker scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season against Alabama 66-57 on Sunday afternoon.

The Gamecocks (7-19, 1-11 SEC) also got strong play from Ilona Burgrova, who knocked in 13 points, and Lea Fabbri with 11 points. Iva Sliskovic added 10 points and six rebounds.

"I want to give South Carolina credit," Alabama coach Rick Moody said. "They are a young talented team that just wanted to win it badly today. They did the things they needed to do to accomplish that."

Alabama (13-12, 4-8) shot 37 percent for the game. Natasha Gamble led the Tide with 12 points, while Monique Bivins chipped in 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

  • No. 1 LSU 62, Auburn 57:Caught in a rare close game, No. 1 LSU turned to Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and one of the nation's stingiest defenses.

    Augustus made two free throws with six seconds left and finished with 22 points, helping No. 1 LSU hold off Auburn 62-57 on Sunday despite making just one basket in the final seven minutes.

    Fowles added 19 points and 13 rebounds for LSU (25-1, 12-0 Southeastern Conference).

    The Tigers had hardly been challenged in conference play this season.

    Auburn (14-11, 5-7) is the only SEC team to come within 10 points of LSU, also losing 57-52 in Baton Rouge.

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