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Association: NCAA Division I
Head Coach: Dawn Staley
First Year of Womens Basketball: 1974-75
All-Time Overall Record: 853-526
National Championships: 1 (2017)
South Carolina Gamecocks Women's Basketball TicketsThe South Carolina Gamecocks, led by two-time Naismith Trophy winner and three-time Olympic gold medalist coach Dawn Staley, finished the 2016-17 schedule at the peak of collegiate athletics. With an overall record of 22-4, the Gamecocks defeated Mississippi State 67-55 to win their first-ever NCAA Division I National Championship. South Carolina won its fourth SEC Tournament in 2018. In 2019, the team exited the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 after losing to the eventual National Champion, the Baylor Bears. With program achievements that include two NCAA Final Fours, 10 NCAA Sweet 16s, four SEC Championships, four SEC Tournament titles and 17 All-Americans, the Gamecocks still want more and are ready to bring another trophy back to Columbia. The Gamecocks got off to a strong start in the 2019-20 season with balanced scoring from freshmen Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke and seniors Mikiah Herbert Harrigan and Tyasha Harris. Get your South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball tickets at StubHub.
Who were the statistical leaders for the Gamecocks last season?In the 2018-19 season, Tyasha Harris led the team with 361 points, just edging Te’a Cooper and Alexis Jennings, each with 357. Bianca Cuevas-Moore led the Gamecocks in three-pointers made for the season with 21. The leading rebounder was Alexis Jennings with an average of 6.9 per game and 111 for the year. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan had a team-high 34 blocks and Harris led the team with 23 steals for the year.
How many Gamecocks have gone on to play in the WNBA?Nine South Carolina players have been selected in the WNBA draft, including the overall first pick of the 2018 WNBA Draft A’ja Wilson who was selected by the Las Vegas Aces. A member of the 2017 national championship team, Wilson is the Gamecocks’ all-time leading scorer with 2,389 and was just the second player in program history to finish her career with at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The 2017 WNBA draft saw three South Carolina players selected, including Alaina Coates selected second by the Chicago Sky, Allisha Gray selected fourth by the Dallas Wings and Kaela Davis selected tenth by the Dallas Wings. Other players drafted from South Carolina include Aleighsa Welch, Tiffany Mitchell, Jocelyn Penn and Shaunzinski Gortman.
Where are South Carolina Gamecock home basketball games played?The Gamecocks play their home basketball games at Colonial Life Arena. Opened in 2002 at a cost of $64 million, the arena has a seating capacity of 18,000.
What are Coach Dawn Staley’s career accomplishments?Dawn Staley was named head coach of the Gamecocks in 2008 after a stellar career as a player. During her four years at the University of Virginia, Staley won a national championship and was named Most Outstanding Player. She was a two-time Naismith National Player of the Year, three-time Kodak All-American and two-time ACC player of the year. In 2008, Staley was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and in 2013 was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Staley went on to earn three Olympic gold medals and two USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year awards before going on to the WNBA. A seven-time WNBA All-Star and named to the WNBA All-Decade team, Staley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Gamecock organization.
Who are some notable young players to watch for the Gamecocks?In the fall of 2019, the No. 1 recruiting class in the country stepped on to the Columbia, S.C., campus to start class and practice. Aliyah Boston, a 6-foot-5-inch forward was the No. 3 recruit in the country. Boston, Brea Beal and Zia Cooke were McDonald’s All Americans. Other highly rated new recruits are Laeticia Amihere and Olivia Thompson.
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