Tyasha Harris, Mikiah Herbert Harrigan dominate for South Carolina against Temple

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Tyasha Harris and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan led the Gamecocks to a testy road win against Temple over the weekend.

Dawn Staley returned to her Philly stomping grounds on Saturday with her top ten ranked team in college basketball. South Carolina overcame Temple in a 78-71 win but not without respectable resistance. In the end, Staley’s group was dominantly led by their two seniors.

Point guard Tyasha Harris finished with 21 points and seven assists along with four steals. Harris made her presence felt throughout the game on both ends. Harris created steady and quality offense when Temple put them on the ropes.

Harris finished with no turnovers and made all six of her free throws. She displayed incredible poise on the perimeter and taking opportunities like pull-up jumpers in transition and off the dribble in the half-court.

Playing this role has been the case lately for Harris as she’s been accounting for over a quarter of the team’s offense between her scoring and assists.

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Mikiah Herbert Harrigan talks with Dawn Staley before the second half (Credit: Martin Soaries / Basketball Society)

Mikiah Herbert Harrigan was a different kind of force for the Gamecocks. The 6’2 senior forward’s presence was felt everywhere with 15 points and seven rebounds.

She was disruptive on the defensive end by changing shots with her length and mobility. Offensively she was simply a matchup nightmare for the Owls on certain possessions with her ability to shoot from the outside (she knocked down both of her threes), make high-low reads, and get to the basket off the dribble. It was her versatility that helped to make South Carolina unbeatable in this game, despite some serious windows of opportunity for Temple.

South Carolina shot 35 percent from the field in the game as a team, but particularly the performances of these two seniors willed them to a win. The Gamecocks moved to 9-1 on the season

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries

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