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No. 6 S Carolina women top Mississippi St 71-64

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By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Aleighsa Welch scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Elem Ibiam blocked a career-high seven shots and No. 6 South Carolina beat Mississippi State 71-64 Thursday night.

The Gamecocks (21-2, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) tied a school record with 14 blocked shots. Alaina Coates added three blocked shots.

South Carolina appeared to have the game in hand with a 52-40 lead midway through the second half, but Mississippi State pulled within 55-54 with 6:25 remaining.

The game stayed tight until the final minute when Tina Roy hit a 3-pointer with 50 seconds left to put the Gamecocks ahead 66-59.

Mississippi State (16-8, 3-7) lost for just the third time at home this season. Jerica James led the Bulldogs with 11 points. Martha Alwal and Savannah Carter both added 10.

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