Dawn Staley (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Elem Ibiam scored 19 points and Aleighsa Welch added 18 to lead No. 12 South Carolina to its ninth straight win and a 76-61 victory over Charlotte on Sunday.
Welch was 7 of 9 from the floor (77.8 percent) while Ibiam shot 50 percent (7 of 14). Wilka Montout came off the bench to score the sole 3-pointer for South Carolina (9-0).
The Gamecocks scored 25 points from the free throw line after Charlotte stacked up 23 fouls. Tiffany Mitchell shot a perfect 7 of 7 from the line. Charlotte made 10 free throws on just 12 attempts.
The 49ers led by two points midway through the first, and trailed by just one point at the break. South Carolina made 15 points on free throws in the second half.
Ny Hammonds scored 14 and Kira Gordon finished with 13 for the 49ers (4-5).