Boston lets No. 1 South Carolina past No. 2 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bree Hall hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in overtime, Aliyah Boston overcame early foul troubles to score 14, including the tie jumper with two seconds left on rule, and No. 1 and defending champion South Carolina defeated second-placed Stanford 76-71 in a dramatic preseason showdown on Sunday.

Victaria Saxton missed both free throws by 24.3 seconds, but a jump ball moments later gave the Gamecocks possession (4-0). Stanford had another chance 10 seconds after Agnes Emma-Nnopu’s steal, but Haley Jones couldn’t get the ball in before a 5-second injury.

Stanford (5-1) then missed another opportunity and received a technical error with 3.4 seconds left after taking a time-out in the backcourt that he didn’t have.

Cameron Brink scored Stanford’s first four points in overtime and finished with 25 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, but failed when attempting to parry a shot with three minutes remaining.

Stanford only managed seven points in the fourth quarter.

Jones missed the first of two shots by 12.5 seconds in the fourth after Brea Beals 3-pointer by 14 seconds and South Carolina had another chance.

Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer’s Stanford team led most of the afternoon but failed to give the top women’s basketball coach their 1.163. bring career victory.

VanDerveer and South Carolina train Dawn Staley wore long-sleeved white t-shirts with Brittney Griners Name and picture in support of WNBA star jailed in Russia.

Ashten Prechtel came off the bench, blocked five shots and grabbed seven rebounds as Stanford saw his 17-game home winning streak end at the Maples Pavilion, which drew a sold-out crowd of 7,233 at the nationally televised matinee.

Zia Cooke’s layup with 7:54 left put the Gamecocks within 54-50, then neither team scored for almost the next four minutes. Both missed high-percentage chances but faced a stingy defensive end.

Cooke’s next basket at 2:54 ended the field-goal drought. Averaging 16.5 points as a team leader, she scored 13 points but only shot 3 out of 13.

Brink made 5 of her first 7 shots and had 12 points after the first quarter.

RETURN

The teams met in Colombia in December last year with the same rankings. The higher-ranked team has won the last nine matchups of the series.

The cardinal triumphed in both previous encounters on his home floor.

Stanford beat South Carolina 56-55 in the 2021 national semifinals before beating Arizona 54-53 for the program’s first title since 1992.

In November 2010 — 12 years ago in the coming week and the beginning of Staley’s coaching career in South Carolina — she brought VanDerveer into the locker room for a pep talk with the Gamecocks after Stanford’s 70-32 loss.

SUPPORT FROM GRINER

A video message in support of Griner played before the tip. There was also a minute’s silence, a standard so far this season at Stanford’s home games in support of Griner.

BIG PICTURE

South Carolina: The Gamecocks shot 2 of 7 from long range in the first half and managed just three assists. … South Carolina was one of the best rebound teams in the nation, finishing third on the offensive glass after recording 50.5% of its own misses. The Gamecocks were passed 22-17 in the first half and 47-41 in the game, but secured multiple second chance opportunities in crunch time.

Stanford: The Cardinal shot 64.3% (9 of 14) in the first 10 minutes and led 21:11. … No team has scored more than 77 points against the Cardinal since the end of the 2019-20 season — a 75-game lapse since an 89-56 loss to Oregon in the 2020 Pac-12 tournament title game. … Stanford has in the committed eleven turnovers in the first half and ball care had been a key focus of VanDerveer’s lead into the game. … Several former Stanford stars were at the game, including Hull twins Lacie and Lexie, Alyssa Jerome and former guard Anna Wilson. … Stanford’s winning streak at home was the fifth-longest active streak in the country.

NEXT

South Carolina: At Cal Poly on Tuesday. It’s quite a stretch for a young Cal Poly program, which also played at Stanford on Wednesday.

Stanford: meets Florida Gulf Coast University Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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