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Gamecocks avoid a letdown versus Auburn

Carolina overcomes a slow start to seal another SEC win.
Credit: WLTX

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Freshmen Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke had 13 points apiece and No. 1 South Carolina overcame a sluggish start before rolling over Auburn 79-53 for its 18th straight victory. 

The Gamecocks were coming off a decisive, 70-52, win over No. 5 UConn  on Monday night. And it looked like South Carolina didn't have the same juice early on against Auburn. The Tigers trailed just 22-19 early in the second quarter. But South Carolina regrouped for a 20-4 burst to take a 42-23 lead at the half. 

Robyn Benton led Arkansas with 15 points. 

South Carolina (24-1, 11-0 SEC) will host Vanderbilt Monday night at 7:00 p.m.