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Welch's 16 points, 5 blocks lift No. 6 South Carolina to 67-49 win over Arkansas

  • South Carolin's Tiffany Mitchell drives for the basket as Arkansas's Jessica Jackson is called for the foul as she tries to block the shot during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

    South Carolin's Tiffany Mitchell drives for the basket as Arkansas's Jessica Jackson is called for the foul as she tries to block the shot during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch, top, blocks the shot as Arkansas' Melissa Wolff, center, drives for the basket during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

    South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch, top, blocks the shot as Arkansas' Melissa Wolff, center, drives for the basket during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Carolina's Elem Ibiam (33) drives for the basket as Arkansas's Jessica Jackson (00) and Jhasmin Bowen (42) try to defend during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)

    South Carolina's Elem Ibiam (33) drives for the basket as Arkansas's Jessica Jackson (00) and Jhasmin Bowen (42) try to defend during an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)  (The Associated Press)

Aleighsa Welch scored 16 points and had a career-best five blocks to lead No. 6 South Carolina to its sixth straight victory with a 67-49 win over Arkansas on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (22-2, 10-1) maintained their hold on first place in the Southeastern Conference.

Arkansas (16-8, 3-8) did its best to pack in the middle and disrupt South Carolina's game plan of feeding the 6-foot Welch and 6-4 forwards Elem Ibiam and Alaina Coates underneath. But Ibiam and Coates both added 10 points each while the trio of low-post players combined for 21 rebounds.

South Carolina also turned up its defense against the Razorbacks, holding them to under 30 percent shooting for a second time this season. Arkansas leading scorer Jessica Jackson was held to half her 16.6 point-a-game average with eight points on 1-of-12 shooting.

Tiffany Mitchell added 15 points for South Carolina.