Down goes No. 1: NC State hands top-ranked South Carolina first loss in 30 games

COLUMBIA, S.C. — For the first time in more than a calendar year, the South Carolina women’s basketball team has tasted defeat. The No. 1 Gamecocks fell, 54-46, to No. 8 N.C. State on Thursday at Colonial Life Arena, snapping the program’s record 29-game winning streak. No one would mistake the matchup for beautiful basketball: The top-10 showdown was an ugly, gritty affair with neither team shooting above 30% from the field and both consistently clashing in crowded lanes, with little outside shooting to speak of. In the end, South Carolina couldn’t overcome 4-of-11 free-throw shooting and 54 …

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