By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 20 points, Alaina Coates added 16 points and 12 rebounds as No. 4 South Carolina won its ninth straight game with a 69-55 victory over Florida on Sunday.
The Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 Southeastern Conference) matched their overall win totals of the past two seasons and won their record 13th game in SEC play. Not that this one came easily as South Carolina struggled with Florida's swarming defense throughout the contest.
The Gamecocks led by 16 points midway through the second period until Florida rallied with an 13-3 run that cut things to 49-43 with 5:19 left. But Mitchell followed with a open 3-pointer from the left corner before Aleighsa Welch and Coates had inside baskets to restore the double-digit lead.
Once more the Gators (17-10, 7-7) fought back to trim the lead to 58-51 and again Mitchell's jumper and foul shot put the Gamecocks ahead 61-51.
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