Ten minutes, to be exact, before SC found itself en route to a 99-38 win, the fifth-largest margin of victory under Dawn Staley.
Donasja Scott had 17 points for Savannah State (2-7). Last season, Savannah State managed just 30 points for the entire game. Grissett scored eight points and Williams had five.
A'ja Wilson scored 26 points and No. 4 SC, which began the game with just nine players and then lost another, beat Savannah State 99-38 Sunday. But the Gamecocks can't afford to lose any more players. SC had allowed four points in a quarter seven times, including three times this season.
Harris, meanwhile, entered the game when Cliney first went to the bench and put together a complete performance, scoring 14 points, dishing out 12 assists, a career high, and swiping six steals, tying her career best. Due to the short bench she had to make a brief appearance in the fourth quarter, after the game was decided. "Just after putting her back in the game after she hurt her ankle, (I) just didn't want to take that chance", Staley said after the game. "The wing is not my area".
Several other Gamecocks had career, or near career games in the blowout. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points in just 21 minutes. Staley was asked if she might look at bringing Harris off the bench for an extra spark in the future. Thankfully for Dawn Staley's squad, Cliney's injury is not serious and she is not expected to miss any more time.
"Coach makes those decisions", said Harris, who was surprised by her assist total. "I'm just ready whenever she calls my number. I think and did a great job and we all did a great job".
Cuevas-Moore has played in 108 of the Gamecocks' 109 games played in her first three seasons, averaging 6.9 points on 37.9 percent field goal shooting in her 18.6 minutes per game.
MI may have not had quite the 2017 season they were hoping for, finishing 8-4 overall and on their way to the Outback Bowl against SC.
"One thing I know about this team is we overcome adversity", Wilson said. "She gave us a spark off the bench, and we know we have to fill in there. Right now we're focused on how we can get these young players in the groove". Because she's a matchup nightmare for a lot of teams, not only at the forward but also playing her out on the perimeter as well. There was some hope of a return, but the school said that her ACL injury will keep her out through the end of the season.