No. 1 Lady Gamecocks Continue to Dominate


AP Ranked no.1 Lady Gamecocks Basketball had a successful weekend in the Bahamas at the Junkanoo Jam this past weekend, making them 5-0.  Although they struggled a bit versus #22 Syracuse, Tiffany Mitchell’s 21 points and A’ja Wilson’s 15 points and 10 rebounds, her first career double double, allowed the Gamecocks to pull off another win.  All but two players on the team put points on the board.

Freshman superstar Wilson earned the title of SEC Freshman of the Week for her performance in the Bahamas.

Last week, Senior Forward Aleighsa Welch and Junior Guard Tiffany Mitchell were both named to the WBCA’s Wade Watch and the John R Wooden Award Women’s Preseason Top 30 watch list.  This announcement makes South Carolina one of four schools with two players named to both lists.

So far this year, the Gamecocks have topped Southern California 70-61, crushed Clemson 99-41, obliterated San Diego State 89-38, dominated Wisconsin 67-44 and pulled it out against Syracuse, 67-63.

Tonight at Colonial Life Arena, the Lady Gamecocks host North Carolina Central, who are currently 2-3, at 7 p.m.  The last time these two teams faced off was last December and the Lady Gamecocks won 79-27.

USC vs NC Central, tonight 7 p.m.

Thursday the team will face Charlotte at home at 8 p.m. and then their next ranked game (and last one of 2014) versus #8 Duke on December 7th at Duke.

This is truly a historic era for the University of South Carolina and Lady Gamecocks Basketball, being ranked #1 for the first time in school history since Monday Nov. 22nd after their victory against San Diego State. It is also the first time that this program has been in the AP Top 10 for 15 weeks running. Staley commented on her team’s accomplishments: “I feel really good about what our team has been able to accomplish.  This is not a goal that we had set, but it is a part of our journey.”

If you haven’t tuned in yet, you don’t know what you’re missing! Check out the game tonight on the SEC network or drop by Colonial Life Arena to cheer them on in person; tickets are available for $7 for adults and $5 for kids.