Harris, No. 1 South Carolina earn first win over UConn 70-52

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South Carolina guard Tyasha Harris (52) dribbles against Connecticut guard Crystal Dangerfield (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina's Tyasha Harris really thought coming in she wasn't bothered by her losing history against UConn.

Then Harris and the top-ranked Gamecocks won — and her attitude and emotions changed quickly.

“Yes, this feels pretty good," she said with a grin. “My mind kind of changed,”

Harris had 19 points, Aliyah Boston dominated underneath and South Carolina held UConn to a record-low two points in the opening quarter on the way to a 70-52 win Monday night — its first-ever win over the fifth-ranked Huskies.

Harris, a senior who was a freshman starter on South Carolina's national championship team in 2017, was 0-4 in her career against the Huskies (20-3). When the game ended, she thought about all the former Gamecocks who'd never celebrated a win in eight previous games over UConn.

“I see all the people who started before us, people who hadn't beat UConn and I see how happy they are," Harris said.

Things could get even happier before this season is over. It was South Carolina's 17th straight win and their ninth victory in 10 games against ranked opponents.

So are the Gamecocks the clear-cut favorite for another national crown?