Aliyah Boston sets South Carolina record with 73rd double-double

COLUMBIA, SC — Aliyah Boston confirmed as soon as extra her consistency is each bit as necessary as her monumental expertise.

Boston had her program-record-setting 73rd double-double with 13 factors and 14 rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina moved to 20-0 with a dominant 92-46 victory over Arkansas on Sunday.

Boston’s coach, Dawn Staley, has watched the 6-foot-5 All-American keep engaged and centered regardless of junk defenses with three or 4 gamers aiming to restrict her manufacturing. Very little has labored the previous 4 seasons.

“Mentally powerful, mentally sturdy. Those are the separators for Aliyah,” Staley stated.

Boston takes within the data and is aware of in the long run she’ll get the higher of issues in nearly each sport, Staley stated.

“She’s at a spot,” the coach stated, “the place you actually cannot cease her.”

Zia Cooke scored 24 factors to steer the Gamecocks (8-0 Southeastern Conference), who received their twenty sixth straight and seventh in a row over the Razorbacks (17-5, 4-3). And similar to lots of the previous 4 seasons, Boston was proper within the middle of issues.

Boston, who tied the varsity mark set by Sheila Foster from 1979 to ’82 at Vanderbilt this previous Thursday, got here out shortly with seven factors and three boards within the first quarter. She was as much as 11 factors and 6 rebounds on the break.

Boston clinched the record with three rebounds on one offensive possession that she completed with a basket. She was taken out with 1 minute, 18 seconds left within the third quarter to a loud ovation from the gang — and South Carolina cruising 73-33.

“Hey, y’all acquired room for an additional statue?” requested Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors, referring to the statue of South Carolina nice A’ja Wilson exterior the sector.

It’s not that far-fetched — apart from the ultra-humble Boston, who sometimes deflects consideration to her teammates. She shocked herself with her regular play through the years.

“Coming in [to college]I did not actually know this was a record,” Boston stated. “To do it, could be very thrilling as a result of, wow, who’d have thought?”

Foster, now second in South Carolina double-doubles, was in attendance. She smiled and waved to the gang after Boston overtook her.

“Good gamers do not player-hate … it simply knocked me down one notch,” Foster instructed WIS News 10 after the sport. “It’s all within the Gamecock household. It’s all within the Gamecock home.”

Boston is 13 away from catching LSU nice Sylvia Fowles for the SEC mark of 86 double-doubles set from 2004 to ’08.

The NCAA mark is manner out of attain. Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris had 128 from 2006 to ’09, and Boston is extensively anticipated to be the WNBA’s No. 1 general decide after this season.

Cooke, the staff’s prime scorer this season, had 19 factors by halftime as South Carolina blew issues open within the second quarter by outscoring Arkansas 28-7 to steer 53-24.

Kamilla Cardoso, South Carolina’s 6-foot-7 backup, completed with 12 factors and tied her profession finest with 16 rebounds.

Samara Spencer had 15 factors to steer Arkansas, which was outrebounded 74-17 general and 32-2 on the offensive boards.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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