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South Carolina women open NCAA with Staley's 500th win

The Gamecocks beat Mercer 79-53 in the tournament's first round
Credit: Todd Van Emst/SEC
USC Celebration South Carolina v Tennessee SEC Women's Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 6, 2020 in Greenville, SC. Todd Van Emst/SEC

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - South Carolina coach Dawn Staley got her 500th career victory when Aliyah Boston and the top-seeded Gamecocks beat Mercer 79-53 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Boston had 20 points and 18 rebounds for South Carolina, which grabbed the lead for good when it closed the first half with a 16-5 run. 

Victaria Saxton also scored 20 points in the Hemisfair Region game at the Alamodome.