With a rowdy Colonial Life Arena crowd behind them, the Gamecocks made a series of tough defensive plays in the final seconds to seal their fifth win over a nationally ranked team this season.
After 11 days away from Colonial Life Arena, the Gamecocks got a boost from the home crowd for a tight 66-63 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.
South Carolina opened SEC play on New Year's Day, winning its 17th-straight conference game.
In its final non-conference home game of the season, South Carolina delivered a 66-57 win over #9 UCLA
The Gamecocks handled their in-state rival 83-61 with nearly 12,000 fans in attendance.
Gamecocks closed their early-season home stand with a commanding 93-38 victory.
Five Gamecocks scored in double-figures in 79-42 win in middle contest of three games in as many days.
The Gamecocks were happy to be in Colonial Life Arena for the home opener.