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Welch helps South Carolina tops LSU on the road

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 7:12 pm •  Published: February 16, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — South Carolina hadn't won at LSU in more than 20 years. The fifth-ranked Gamecocks ended that streak on Sunday with relative ease.

Aleighsa Welch and Tiffany Mitchell each scored 19 points to help South Carolina win 73-57 over the 19th-ranked Lady Tigers. That was the Gamecocks first win in Baton Rouge since 1994.

It's only the second time in program history South Carolina (23-2, 11-1 SEC) can claim a victory after walking out of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, but Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley is trying keep an every-game-counts attitude.

"At this point, all wins in this league are good," Staley said. "We haven't been very successful (at LSU). A lot of that has to do with the atmosphere, a lot has to do with the teams they put on the floor. It was the same today, but I think for longer stretches we played a little more disciplined."

Welch allowed herself a little more of a celebratory tone after the game, saying that a road win against a top-20 opponent is a huge confidence booster.

"Getting wins on the road, especially this season, is imperative for us," Welch said. "To be able to come down here and handle our business and keep it up for two halves is a huge confidence builder for us."

Sunday marked the fifth conference road win for South Carolina this season, matching the school record set last season.

The Gamecocks shot 21-28 from the stripe while the Lady Tigers made it to the line just four times during the game — a fact that didn't go unnoticed by LSU senior guard Jeanne Kenney.

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