The 2023 women’s basketball NCAA Tournament has been narrowed down to the Final Four. While there are no teams from Massachusetts left in the field after Holy Cross’ first-round exit, there is still a Massachusetts connection looking to lead her team to the championship.
Before Aliyah Boston became one of the best college players of all time at South Carolina, she attended high school in Massachusetts at Worcester Academy.
Boston has put together a tremendous career, and she is a big reason why the Gamecocks are heavy favorites to cut down the nets in Dallas.
When it comes to sports betting in Massachusetts, FanDuel MA has South Carolina at -290 odds to win the championship. DraftKings MA has them at -320, and Caesars MA has them listed at -340.
High school accolades
While Boston attended high school in Massachusetts, she is actually from the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. With hopes of furthering her basketball career and get an education, Boston and her sister moved away from their parents to move in with their aunt in Massachusetts. Boston was just 12 years old when she moved.
At Worcester Academy, she helped the team win back-to-back New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A Championships in her junior and senior years. The title in 2018, Boston’s junior year, was the first for Worcester Academy since 2006.
She also racked up quite a few individual accolades playing high school basketball.
Boston was the Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year three times (2017, 2018 and 2019). During her senior year, she was named a WBCA All-American, McDonald’s All-American, SLAM All-American, Naismith Second Team and the USA Today Massachusetts Player of the Year.
Coming out of high school, Boston was the third-ranked player in the 2019 class and held offers from many top schools before opting to play for Dawn Staley at South Carolina.
Dominance at South Carolina
Heading into regional weekend, Boston had scored 1,460 points in 101 games. She’s averaging 14.5 points per game this season at South Carolina. She also currently has 1,129 career rebounds, 257 blocks and 123 steals.
For the 2023 season, she’s started all 32 games for 829 minutes and is averaging 13.3 points per game with 310 total rebounds, 64 blocks, and 15 steals.
She’s stamped her name all over the record book for South Carolina, holding many individual season records as well as the career record for double-doubles in SEC play.
Over her four years at South Carolina, she’s also won just about every individual award, including Naismith Player of the Year twice, SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American.
Boston has become one of the faces of women’s college basketball. Her career so far at South Carolina has been extraordinary, and she’s looking to finish it by helping the Gamecocks win a second straight NCAA Championship.
South Carolina is looking to complete the perfect season, after going undefeated in the regular season. There have been nine teams to complete the perfect season in women’s college basketball, and the last team to do so was the 2015-16 UConn Huskies.If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with gambling, call 1-800-327-5050 or visit www.mahelpline.org/problemgambling to speak with a trained specialist for free, 24/7