COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Aleighsa Welch had a career high 19 points and South Carolina won its seventh straight game with a 65-55 victory over Vanderbilt (No. 21 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) on Thursday night.
The Gamecocks (13-2) opened 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in 10 years, disrupting the Commodores (12-2, 0-1) with their pressure defense. Vanderbilt was held to its fewest points of the season and committed 26 turnovers.
South Carolina broke open a tie game with a 10-0 run to close the first half. Vanderbilt did not get closer than six points as it lost its league opener for the first time in six years.
Tiffany Clarke led Vanderbilt with 13 points. Christina Foggie, the team's top scorer at 17 points a game, was held to nine.
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