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Duke Pushes South Carolina Before The Gamecocks Take Control Late, Winning 77-61

As the Blue Devils get a lesson in greatness courtesy of the Gamecocks

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 3: Jadyn Donovan #4 of the Duke Blue Devils (R) blocks a shot by Chloe Kitts #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during the first half of the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 3, 2023 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Duke showed a lot of heart and potential, sticking with #1 South Carolina until deep in the 4th quarter, when the Gamecocks overwhelmed the Blue Devils with an impressive finishing kick.

With 7:46 to go, the game was tied 55-55. From there, South Carolina outscored Duke 22-6. All five starters finished in double figures and freshman sensation Milaysia Fulwiley came off the bench for nine.

What can you say? They’re #1 for a reason.

But Duke gave them a solid game until the last few minutes and it’s something to build on.

After the game, coach Kara Lawson said this: “I thought we battled back there and was able to tie it. And then they just executed better down the stretch to create the final margin. Good lesson for us to execute at a high level, be able to get stops when we need them. We didn’t get them when we needed them there in that fourth quarter and didn’t execute offensively the way we wanted to. So, we’ll grow from it.

“Obviously, we’ve got another big game on Thursday, first league game. So hopefully, we can take the lessons from this one, and apply that and just keep getting better. That’s what I told our group after the game, like, there’s a long season, and we’ve got to keep growing and keep getting better as a group, young group like this. There’s just a lot of growth to capture still in our season, so hopefully, we’ll do that.”