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Gamecock women's basketball team perfect no more!

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Huskies' hostile crowd played a pivotal role in shifting the momentum of the game. Huskies' hostile crowd played a pivotal role in shifting the momentum of the game.
Gamecocks' Head Coach Dawn Staley says it's a journey and the Lady Gamecocks have a lot of basketball left to play. Gamecocks' Head Coach Dawn Staley says it's a journey and the Lady Gamecocks have a lot of basketball left to play.

By: Oshea Robinson

The #1 ranked Gamecocks' perfect season came to an end in Storrs, CT Monday night, as they fell to the #2 Huskies 87-62.  At one point during the first half, the Gamecocks led by three, but a hostile crowd fueled the Huskies as they shot lights out.

The Huskies finished the night shooting 55 percent from the field, including 73 percent from three point land.

Keleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart combined for 45 points. 

After the final buzzer, Head Coach Geno Auriemma was happy with the way his team battled with intensity. 

"We played unbelievably well, played great on defense," Auriemma said. 

And great they did play.  The Huskies smothering defense forced the Gamecocks into a cold streak halfway through the first half. 

They protected the rim for nearly four minutes, going on a 13-0 run and snatching the momentum heading into halftime. 

The Gamecocks tried to rebound their way back in the game, as they led the stats sheet in the category. 

Junior Guard Tiffany Mitchell and Senior Forward Aleighsha Welch led the gamecocks in scoring with 17 points each. 

Despite the loss, the Gamecocks are focused on trying to remain positive.  

"I think to accomplish some milestones we had, it's part of our journey,"  Head Coach Dawn Staley said.  "Each time we need to learn a lesson, we're faced with it.  We have a lot of basketball left to play."

The positive energy already seems to be rubbing off on the players.

When asked after the game if they wanted to play UConn again, they responded, "Oh yeah, Tomorrow!"

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