Week 1 matchup between Florida State and South Carolina was a battle of contrasting styles and a game of halves. South Carolina jumped out in the first half making it look easy with their smooth play and athleticism. Gazmyne Herndon can only be described in one word “smooth;” she plays so effortlessly whether she maneuvering through multiple defenders or chasing down opponents for monster blocks she has the same expression as if its all just so easy. Gazymne combined with the also athletic, get-to-the-basket style of Sade Hudson seemed like too much for the Florida State team. Then the Florida State team led by the all-state backcourt of Myah Taylor and Mahogany Vaught started clicking in the second half and imposed their transition and three point shooting style of play quickly cutting the deficit to a two possession game. However, it wasn’t the stars who determined this game but both teams “X” factors who came up big. Florida State got a huge boost from lockdown defender Johnna Jones who added a spot up three point shot to her game this summer knocking down three 3pointers in the game helping to pull the game close but South Carolina’s unsung hero Marquera Carnes was outworking everyone this game. Marquera was routinely snatching rebounds, getting putbacks and altering shots on the defensive end; she made a few big plays late to insure the victory for her South Carolina team.

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