COLUMBIA, S.C. — A'ja Wilson had 20 points and 14 rebounds, Alaina Coates added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 2 South Carolina withstood Kelsey Mitchell's 36 points to beat No. 6 Ohio State 88-80 Friday night.
The Buckeyes led 68-65 with 8:47 left on Mitchell's 3-pointer. That's when the Gamecocks' height in 6-foot-4 Coates and 6-foot-5 Wilson took control.
The duo scored the Gamecocks' last 16 points and Coates twice blocked Shayla Cooper's shots in the final two minutes.
"With us being such big strong bodies, I think we did do some wear-and-tear on them," said Coates. "We got the results that we wanted to down there."
Tiffany Mitchell had 15 points for South Carolina.
Ameryst Alston had 23 points for Ohio State, which faces No. 1 Connecticut at home Monday. It's the first time since 2006-07 a team has played the top two ranked teams in consecutive games — N.C. State fell to No. 1 Duke and No. 2 UNC.
No. 5 Baylor 62, Texas-Arlington 20: Nina Davis scored 19 and Alexis Jones added 15 for the host Bears.
No. 11 Miss. St. 68, Samford 47: Dominique Dillingham had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the host Bulldogs.
No. 13 Texas A&M 87, Texas State 50: Khaalia Hillsman scored 17 and Courtney Walker added 16 for the host Aggies. Danni Williams scored 14, the most for a Texas A&M freshman debut since 2004.
No. 14 Duke 57, Penn 50: Azura Stevens scored seven of her 15 in the fourth quarter to help the visiting Blue Devils rally. Trailing 45-39 early in the fourth, Stevens started a 14-0 run with a layup.
No. 18 Kentucky 72, Rice 39: Evelyn Akhator had 16 points and 17 rebounds in her debut and Maci Morris added 16 points for the host Wildcats. Akhator helped Chipola Community College win a national title last season.
Gardner-Webb 66, No. 22 UNC 65: Candance Brown scored 17, including a layup with 1.2 seconds left, and the visiting Bulldogs erased a 15-point deficit entering the fourth quarter to hand the Tar Heels their first season-opening loss since 2000 to Buffalo.
No. 23 Syracuse 57, Rhode Island 54: In the final five minutes, Briana Day scored five of her 14 and had a block and steal for the visiting Orange.
No. 25 Chattanooga 68, McNeese State 53: Jasmine Joyner had 15 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks and the host Mocs never trailed.
TAMPA 77, WEST FLA. 52: Juliana Cavallaro scored 21 to go along with six rebounds and five assists to lead the No. 20 Spartans in their opener. Newcomer Elena de Alfredo scored 17 for host UT.
SAINT LEO 79, CLARK ATLANTA 78: Mykala Jones' basket at the buzzer thwarted the Lions' comeback from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter in their opener at the SSC/SIAC Challenge in Lakeland. Junior Chelsy Springs scored 22 in her first game for Saint Leo.