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.
Managed tempo and came up with big “senior” plays when SC found themselves in any trouble.
— Martin S. (@marsoaries) December 7, 2019
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.
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