South Carolina routs Ole Miss after dominant first half

OXFORD, Miss. -- Leticia Amihere scored 16 points and No. 1 South Carolina held Mississippi scoreless in the first quarter and limited Ole Miss to two points in the first half on the way to an 87-32 victory Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (20-1, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) led 18-0 after one period and scored 27 unanswered points before Ole Miss (7-14, 0-8) got its first basket.

The previous time a Division I team scored as few as two points in a half was Dec. 16, 2016, when Western Kentucky defeated Lipscomb 87-35 after leading 56-2 at halftime.

"I'm still in shock. I thought about picking up my phone and calling the facilities leadership because something had to be on top of our basket,'' Ole Miss coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin said. "The ball was in and out, short, long. But hats off to South Carolina. That's why they're No. 1.''

South Carolina led 32-2 at the break.

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan scored eight points, blocked two shots and added a steal in the early, decisive surge as the Lady Rebels missed 19 consecutive shots and had 16 turnovers. Tyasha Harris and Herbert Harrigan finished with 10 points apiece for South Carolina, which led by as much as 57 points, 87-30, on a 3-pointer by Olivia Thompson with 1 minute, 17 seconds remaining.

Ole Miss ended its first-half scoring drought on Mimi Reid's layup with 57 seconds left in the second quarter. Reid led the Rebels with 12 points.

Ole Miss finished 13-of-50 (26%) from the field and 0-of-10 from the 3-point line.

Despite the convincing victory, Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley saw room for improvement.

"I don't think we played as well as we could, and that's not taking away from the good things we did,'' she said. "Ole Miss just missed shots. But we've got to make better decisions offensively and do the little things, the routine things better.''

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.