Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley (left) and guard Khadijah Sessions (5). (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Teresa M. Walker, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored on a driving layup with 50.9 seconds left to lift No. 10 South Carolina to a 61-57 win over 16th-ranked Vanderbilt on Sunday for the Gamecocks' best start ever in the Southeastern Conference.
The Gamecocks (18-2, 6-1 SEC) had never started 6-1 since joining the conference and won their second straight by keeping coach Dawn Staley undefeated in her third trip to Memorial Gym.
With the score tied at 55, Mitchell beat the shot clock and then stole the ball and finished off the fast break with another layup with 34.3 seconds to seal the win. Mitchell finished with 14 points. Aleighsa Welch and Elem Ibiam each added 10.
Vanderbilt (16-4, 5-2) saw it's four-game winning streak end as the Commodores missed out on their fourth upset of a ranked team this season.
Christina Foggie finished with 23 points for Vanderbilt.
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