South Carolina's Kamilla Cardoso 'sore,' sits vs. Alabama

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina leading scorer and rebounder Kamilla Cardoso did not play against Alabama on Thursday night.

The team said on social media about an hour before tipoff that the 6-foot-7 Cardoso was a "little sore" after Sunday's 70-56 victory over Georgia.

"Given all the travel and additional playing she did in Brazil, we decided to give her a rest this game," the post said.

Cardoso missed a pair of victories for the top-ranked Gamecocks two weeks ago, including a win over then No. 11 UConn, when she played for her home country, Brazil, in an Olympic qualifying event.

Cardoso had 16 points and 16 rebounds in the win over the Bulldogs this past Sunday.

Cardoso leads South Carolina (25-0, 12-0 SEC) with 14.1 points and 10.1 rebounds a game. She also has 66 blocks, second on the team to Ashlyn Watkins' 67.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.