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COLUMBIA, S. Andrew Miller Jersey .C. -- Alaina Coates cant imagine a better post duo in the country than she has with South Carolina teammate Aja Wilson.Shell get no argument from Clemson after the two combined for 39 points, 20 rebounds, seven asissts -- mostly to each other -- and six blocks in the sixth-ranked Gamecocks 83-61 victory Thursday night.The high-low is great, Coates said. I mean, weve got the best high-low duo in the nation. The fact is were doing better getting each other the ball.And the overmatched Tigers (8-2) had little chance of preventing it as South Carolina (8-1) won its seventh straight in the rivalry series.They have a ton of weapons and theyre really tough, Clemson coach Audra Smith said. The inside game is impossible to stop.Wilson finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Coates had 19 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth double-double in nine games this season.Wilson and Coates combined for six points when South Carolina came out of the break with a 17-6 run. The Tigers (8-2) could not respond.South Carolinas rivalry win streak ties the longest in series history, matching the run Clemson had from 1996 through 2001. Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley also improved to 4-0 over her former college teammates at Virginia, Clemsons Smith.Wilson added four assists and two blocks while Coates added three assists, two steals and four of South Carolinas season-high 11 blocked shots. Kaela Davis had 17 points for South Carolina.Nelly Perry had 20 points to lead the Tigers. They lost their second in a row after opening 8-0.Clemson was shorted-handed before things started with its two leading rebounders in forward Kobi Thornton and Aliyah Collier limited by injuries. Thornton was out after hitting her head Monday night in loss to No. 25 Oregon. Collier, who averaged 7.9 rebounds this season, played just three minutes because of continuing knee problems.Smith said she expected Collier back for her next game. Thornton, who had returned from a concussion when she hit her head again, could take a bit longer.THE BIG PICTUREClemson: The Tigers started the season 8-0 against non-Power Five opponents. The Tigers, though, have lost their past two to No. 25 Oregon (87-59) on Monday night and the rival, sixth-ranked Gamecocks. While Clemson has improved -- its already doubled its four-win season from 2015-16, it is not yet ready to consistently play toe-to-toe with its better opponents. And there are plenty of those coming up once Atlantic Coast Conference play starts next month.South Carolina: The Gamecocks certainly dont look like the team yet thats rolled to the past three Southeastern Conference titles. Their post duo of 6-foot-5 Wilson and 6-4 Coates are strong and engaged. On the perimeter, though, there are questions. Kaela Davis and Allisha Gray have looked like All-Americans sometimes and been non factors at others. Point guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore has also struggled at taking over the on-court leadership role that Khadijah Sessions handled so well the previous few years.ALL CHANGINGTalk about differing ways to win. The Gamecocks used 16 3-pointers (second best in program history) to blow past Minnesota last Sunday. This time, South Carolina made just four of 14 long-range baskets while relying on its inside advantage to defeat Clemson. Weve got a lot of ways to win, Staley said. Weve got to take advantage of them.HEY, ROOMIEStaley and Smith were roommates for a short stretch at Virginia in the late 1980s until Staleys night-owl tendencies did not mesh with Smiths early-to-bed style. Each sought more suitable people to live with. But theyve remained good friends since college and Staley was impressed with Smiths building program. Im happy for her and the program, Staley said. Even though theyre our rivals, we want to see all South Carolina teams do well.UP NEXTClemson returns home to face South Carolina State on Sunday.South Carolina closes a three-game home stand against No. 9 UCLA on Sunday. Don Mattingly Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees Jersey . Canada is now down to its 22-player limit, although but players wont be registered until Christmas Day. Changes could still be made as a result of a suspension or injury. http://www.yankeesauthorityshop.com/Gary-Sanchez-Jersey/ .Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Kevin Porter and defenceman Chad Ruhwedel from the minors as part of a five-player roster shuffle made by the NHLs worst team. CHICAGO -- The Cubs placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the inactive list Tuesday as he contemplates retirement if he cant play for the big league team.In fact, La Stella, who was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on July 29, said the Cubs are the only team he wants to play for as his priorities have changed over the last year.Im a baseball player by profession. My identity is not tied up in that, La Stella said in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon.Thats not who I am as a person. I dont need to make every life move centered around my profession, because thats not who I am. I kind of disassociated with that identity. It felt a lot better to me going out there playing because thats what I felt in me, not because I felt obligated to do it. It was a lot more enjoyable this year.La Stella, 27, went home to New Jersey instead of reporting to Iowa after being optioned. A valuable role player, he was caught in a numbers game but was likely to return.La Stella stressed there is no animosity with the Cubs and that his decision was just what he felt was best for himself.Its a reflection of where I am in my life and my career, La Stella said. I told them, I know you have a business decision to make. I completely understand where theyre coming from. I dont fault them for making that choice one bit. Theyre doing whats in the best interest of the team. I understand that 100 percent.La Stella even contemplated retirement last offseason but returned to the Cubs because he wanted to be with his teammates who have backed him.Everybody that walks through those doors, were happy to have them, right fielder Jason Heyward said. Especially someone like La Stella, who contributes so much even when he isnt playing. Hes a guy that spoke up during the game, rooting us on and things like that. Stuff like that is missed. If you see someone like that, who brings that every day, when he comes into the clubhouse, you welcome him back with open arms every time.La Stella spoke publicly about his situation for the first time Tuesday in order to take some pressure off his teammates, who have had to answer questions about him over the last several days. He also said he expressed his thoughts to the team in the spring.Going into this season, it was a shift in how I looked at it, he said. I said if Im going to do this Im going to do it the right way. Im going to be here because I want to be here. That was pretty much what I told them in spring training when we had that sit down meeting. I thought that went well.La Stella also said he thinks his conversations he has had with the front office since being sent down have gone well. The team is trying to be understanding of his situation.The perspective weve chosen to take is, were dealing with 25 different human beings in that clubhouse and everyone has different backgrounds, and we try to be understanding of that, general manager Jed Hoyer said. I know his teammates like him I know he can help his teammates win. Right now were trrying to give him time to clear his head. Randy Johnson Yankees Jersey. .As a left-handed bat off the bench, La Stella has given the Cubs plenty of value, compiling a .388 on-base percentage in 122 plate appearances. He repeatedly stressed that his decision to go home after being optioned wasnt a response to being sent down. He said he simply doesnt want to be anywhere else but Chicago.There wasnt much more that went into it than this is where I want to be, La Stella said. It was as simple as that. It didnt feel right to me to go be somewhere else just to continue playing. Thats not what my thoughts center around, being a ballplayer and making it happen anyway possible. We all have a right to dictate what we do to some extent.It had nothing to do with trying to leverage anything. It was just where I was in my life and my career. It was an obvious decision for me. There was no other consideration.La Stella even said he would rather step away from the game then play for another team meaning a trade was out of the question. He doesnt want to go anywhere.That would have been it, he said. Im not going to go play for someone else. Thats not something I have any interest in doing. Im here for a reason. This is where I want to be...Im just waiting to hear back from the team and keeping up with all the workouts and training and hitting.So for the moment hell stay in shape with his private trainers as he waits for what the Cubs will do next. He understands not all fans will understand his decision but is hopeful hes not looked at in a selfish manner.Im not going to fault anyone for what they say or assume about the situation, La Stella said. Im ok to step away. Its something Ive been preparing for, for a while. Its an accumulation of things. With injuries and stuff like that. Its a bunch of stuff thats personal to me.Though the Cubs were hopeful La Stella would report to Triple-A they were at least aware of his mindset.To say we were completely shocked would be the wrong thing to say, Hoyer stated. We were surprised and hopeful to get him back helping this team.La Stella says if the Cubs bring him back hell give his 100 percent to help the team win and thinks he and team executive Theo Epstein at least understand each other.(Epstein) understood where I was coming from, La Stella said. Or else I felt like he did. The conversations were great. I got off the phone feeling really good about it.La Stella has stayed in contact with Dr. Ken Ravizza, who the Cubs employ as a sports psychologist, as well some of his teammates. Some didnt know he hadnt reported to Triple-A but all publicly support him. He would still love to return.Im just trying to get people to hear where Im coming from and whatever conclusions they draw are up to them, La Stella said. If that day does come that they decide they want me back hopefully we can make that happen. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '