Mar 28

Mitchell difference for South Carolina

SOUTH CAROLINA 67, NORTH CAROLINA 65 GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket & scored with 4.2 seconds left & South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past North Carolina in a rematch of last year’s Sweet 16 game & advance to the Greensboro Region final. Alaina Coates moreover scored 18 points, including two key free throws for the lead with 46.1 seconds to go. Then Mitchell, the SEC’s player of the year, answered a tying basket from Jessica Washington in the final minute by driving past Brittany Rountree for what turned out to be the winning score. Fourth-seeded North Carolina (26-9) had one more chance, yet freshman Jamie Cherry’s desperation runner hit all backboard as the horn sounded, sending the Gamecocks into a celebration. South Carolina had reached the Elite Eight once before, losing to Duke in 2002. Now Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks are back to face the Arizona State-Florida State winner Sunday to go to the Final Four. Latifah Coleman scored 10 of her 15 after halftime for North Carolina, which led 63-60 with approximately 90 seconds left yet couldn’t quite close out the Gamecocks. …

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