South Carolina's A'ja Wilson already has a national championship title and Final Four's Most Outstanding Player honors on her resume, and now the accolades continue to pile up.
In the Gamecocks' 90-42 win over Arkansas Thursday night, Wilson became just the second player in South Carolina women's basketball history to reach at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in her collegiate career.
“It doesn’t get old,” coach Dawn Staley told the State of watching Wilson climb through the program record book. “It kind of gets sad, because I’ve seen her grow and mature, and milestones come plentiful when you have that type of player like A’ja Wilson. And 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, they don’t come around very often, as you can see in our history book.”
Wilson had a monster all-around game for the Gamecocks, finishing with 27 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks and three assists. To date, she now has 2,066 points and 1,002 rebounds.
Shelia Foster (1979-82) was the only other South Carolina player to reach the 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound club. Foster ranks first in program history in both points (2,266) and rebounds (1,427). Wilson ranks third in scoring behind Shannon Jones (1993-96), who finished her career with 1,230. Her rebound total ranks fourth in the Gamecocks' record book behind former teammate Alaina Coates (1,230), and Marsha Williams (1.026).
You can listen to Wilson's postgame comments here: