- South Carolina superstar Aliyah Boston is the favorite to win NCAA Player of the Year.
- The 6-foot-5 center broke an SEC record with his 20th straight double-double on Thursday.
- She grabbed her 10th rebound of the game on her own shot, then laughed at herself for doing it.
Aliyah Boston of South Carolina made history Thursday night.
But some — including the Gamecocks superstar herself — were a little wary of Boston’s ways of doing it.
With his 18-point, 10-rebound performance on the road against the Texas A&M Aggies, the 6-foot-5 center notched his 20th consecutive double-double to break the SEC record for most consecutive games with 10+ points and 10+. bounces. Boston passed WNBA legend Sylvia Fowles to take sole possession of the record, which the great LSU Tigers had held since the 2006-07 season.
South Carolina had a 33-point lead with 90 seconds left in the third quarter when Boston – which had 18 points and nine rebounds at the time – caught a long elbow pass and took a dribble into the paint. She sent an oncoming defender flying with a fake pump.
Then Boston, which is the favorite to win NCAA Player of the Year honors, intentionally missed the layup. She tossed the ball from the glass and fired her own rebound to lock in the double-double before being substituted for the night moments later.
—ESPN (@espn) February 25, 2022
After the game, the Overtime women’s basketball Instagram account posted the highlight of Boston’s 10th rebound and mocked her for the deliberate self-help.
“MUST DO WHAT YOU MUST DO SIS 😂” the caption read.
Boston herself joined in on the joke, commenting on the post that she “had to do it 😭”.
“Don’t roast me in the comments,” she added.
Boston and the top-ranked Gamecocks have one more regular season game before heading into what promises to be a long playoff run. South Carolina will almost certainly win the NCAA Tournament’s first seed as head coach Dawn Staley and her 20-year-old superstar look to advance to the Gamecocks’ fourth Final Four in seven years and win their second championship national in the history of the program.