The Lady Gamecocks put up a strong defensive performance against Alabama Thursday night to advance to the SEC Quarterfinals.

USC was led by senior La'Keisha Sutton, who scored 15 points, and held Alabama to only 38 total points for the game in the 57-38 victory in the first round SEC tournament game. South Carolina was able to play all 13 players in this game and gave several valuable starters and reserves rest for tonight's matchup against Georgia.

The Gamecocks and the Crimson Tide struggled in the first part of the first half of the game and USC eventually went through a several minute scoring drought. However, the Gamecocks would turn up the defensive pressure and create several turnovers during a 22-4 run that closed the first half with the Gamecocks leading 32-14.

This was the moment that sealed the fate for Alabama and South Carolina cruised from there.

Markeisha Grant added 10 points on the night with freshman Tina Roy scoring seven points off the bench including two three-point baskets in the first half. 10 Lady Gamecock players scored points on the evening.

South Carolina faces Georgia Friday night at 10 pm in the Quarterfinal round with hopes of winning their second game in the SEC Tournament for the first time ever.