Dawn Staley (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Alaina Coates scored a career-high 24 points, had 10 rebounds and three blocks as No. 13 South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 76-66 on Sunday.
Coates shot 11 of 16 from the field. She has scored 20 or more points four times this season. South Carolina (14-1, 2-0 SEC) won its fourth straight over Vanderbilt.
South Carolina had its largest lead, 52-35 with 17:09 remaining. Vanderbilt had a 20-9 run to pull within 63-55 with 7:18 to play. Coates answered with two layups to stretch the lead to 67-55 with 5:52 left.
Tiffany Mitchell scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Elem Ibiam added 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Gamecocks.
Christina Foggie scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half, and had five assists to lead Vanderbilt (12-3, 1-1). Jasmine Lister added 13 points for the Commodores.