10:20 AM EDT, Sat March 28, 2015
Augusta Chronicle 12 hours ago

Gamecock women edge Tar Heels to reach Elite Eight

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight the entire way to push past UNC in a rematch of last year's Sweet 16 game and advance to the Greensboro Region final. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 26, 2015

Gamecocks are eager for this rematch with North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Top-seeded South Carolina earned a conveniently short trip for its NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance. Its opponent – fourth-seeded North Carolina, the lowest seed left in the region – got an even shorter one. The Gamecocks (32-2) and Tar Heels (26-8) meet in the tournament for the second consecutive year in a Greensboro Region semifinal tonight. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 25, 2015

Staley: Gamecocks ready for next step in NCAA women's tourney

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley believes her team is ready to finally push past the Sweet 16 and go deeper in the NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks have reached the round of 16 three times in the past four years — and saw their NCAA runs end there. South Carolina needed to pull off a major upset three years ago to get past top-seeded Stanford in Fresno, Calif. A year ago, though, it was the top-seeded Gamecocks who were upended by North Carolina. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 22, 2015

South Carolina routs Syracuse, reaches Sweet 16 in Women's NCAA Tournament

COLUMBIA — Top-seeded South Carolina was determined not to get in another tight contest with feisty Syracuse. The Gamecocks will need a similar drive to reach NCAA Tournament heights they haven’t before. Tiffany Mitchell and Alaina Coates each scored 14 points and South Carolina (32-2) built a big first-half lead and cruised to its third Sweet 16 in four years with a 97-68 NCAA Tournament victory over Syracuse on Sunday night. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 21, 2015

Gamecock women expect another test from Orange

COLUMBIA — Dawn Staley got the first real confirmation of her team’s toughness against Syracuse four months ago. South Carolina’s coach hopes to see that affirmed in Sunday’s NCAA Tournament second-round game with the Orange. The top-seeded Gamecocks (31-2) try to reach the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons when they face No. 8 seed Syracuse (22-9) on Sunday night. When the teams met in the finals of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas last November, South Carolina was ranked No. 2 nationally – a status Staley said her team was still growing into. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 20, 2015

Gamecock women cruise past Savannah State in tournament opener

COLUMBIA — A'ja Wilson scored 15 points and Alaina Coates and Aleighsa Welch had 12 points each as top-seeded South Carolina defeated Savannah State 81-48 on Friday night to win its first NCAA Tournament home game in 13 years. The Gamecocks (31-2) shot 64 percent in putting away the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Lady Tigers (21-11) for a second time this season. South Carolina won its 33rd straight at home. It will have one more at Colonial Life Arena Sunday when it faces Syracuse or Nebraska on Sunday for a spot in the Sweet 16. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 19, 2015

Fans are turning out for top-seeded South Carolina women

COLUMBIA — The South Carolina women’s basketball program has ended Tennessee’s stranglehold on the sport and reigns supreme over Connecticut. No, the Gamecocks can’t touch the 17 national titles the Huskies and Lady Vols own between thing, but South Carolina is No. 1 when it comes to fan support. While women’s college basketball is plagued by empty arenas, interest in Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks has increased exponentially – they averaged 12,540 fans in 14 home games this season. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 17, 2015

Gamecocks focus on defense as spring football practice begins

COLUMBIA — South Carolina got started on spring workouts Tuesday, looking to shore up a defense that fell terribly short of expectations a year ago. The drop off from the Gamecocks’ three previous 11-2 seasons between 2011 and 2013 was so severe, coach Steve Spurrier called on good friend Jon Hoke to straighten things out as South Carolina’s co-defensive coordinator alongside longtime group leader Lorenzo Ward. Hoke and Ward said Tuesday that the six weeks or so they shared a title has gone smoothly. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 14, 2015

Few surprises await Gamecock women entering NCAA Tournament

COLUMBIA — No. 3 South Carolina has already taken much of the suspense out of its NCAA seeding. The joy for the Southeastern Conference champs and expected No. 1 seed, though, will be just as great as a year ago when few knew if a top seed was on the horizon. South Carolina forward Alaina Coates said she and her teammates will be just as pumped this year despite taking care of business. Last year the Gamecocks were wondering if losing early in the SEC Tournament might have cost them a top seeding. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 14, 2015

Georgia knocks off South Carolina in SEC Tournament quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Thornton and Yante Maten had 13 points apiece and Georgia held off South Carolina 74-62 in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday night. Charles Mann chipped in with 12 points and Nemanja Djurisic added 11 for the Bulldogs (21-10), who lost the two regular-season meetings to the Gamecocks. The fourth-seeded Bull­dogs advance to take on No. 2 seed Arkansas in today’s semifinals. Duane Notice had 20 points to lead South Carolina (17-16), which was playing its third game in three days. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 10, 2015

Starke, Gamecocks win Palmetto Intercollegiate

AIKEN — Will Starke had a familiar feeling Tuesday afternoon at Palmetto Golf Club. In 2011, Starke won the Southern Cross Invitational as an individual and team member of Chapin High School. Four years later, he doubled up again. The South Carolina junior closed with 3-under-par 67 to help lead the Gamecocks to a one-shot win over Clemson in the Palmetto Intercollegiate. Also, Starke claimed a one-shot victory over Clemson’s Cody Proveaux and Georgia Southern’s Scott Wolfes. “It was kind of deja vu,” Starke said. “I just felt comfortable and played well.” read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 10, 2015

South Carolina seeking winning season

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s Frank Martin says his team is in a good place after finishing the season strong, and the coach believes the Gamecocks can keep the momentum going in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. South Carolina (15-15) is the 11th seed and begins play tonight against last-place Missouri (9-22). The Gamecocks will be looking to clinch their first winning season in six years and the chance to continue in the postseason. “We’re in a very, very good mental place with our basketball team,” Martin said Tuesday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 9, 2015

South Carolina women enjoying spot among SEC's elite

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The South Carolina women’s basketball program had exactly two winning league records in 17 seasons of Southeastern Conference play before Dawn Staley took over as the coach. It took seven years for the Hall of Famer to elevate the No. 3 Gamecocks (29-2) from bottom-dwellers to champions of the SEC, which they accomplished with a 62-46 win over No. 6 Tennessee in the league’s tournament championship game Sunday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 9, 2015

South Carolina women enjoying spot among SEC's elite

  NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The South Carolina women’s basketball program had exactly two winning league records in 17 seasons of Southeastern Conference play before Dawn Staley took over as the coach. It took seven years for the Hall of Famer to elevate the No. 3 Gamecocks (29-2) from bottom-dwellers to champions of the SEC, which they accomplished with a 62-46 win over No. 6 Tennessee in the league’s tournament championship game Sunday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Mar 8, 2015

Gamecock women beat Lady Vols, claim first SEC Tournament title

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Tiffany Mitchell scored 17 points as No. 3 South Carolina earned its first women's Southeastern Conference Tournament championship with a 62-46 victory over No. 5 Tennessee on Sunday. The top-seeded Gamecocks (29-2) beat the Lady Vols for the second time in two weeks, and likely secured a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mitchell was 5 for 10 from the field, while Aleighsa Welch added 14 points and eight rebounds for South Carolina — which shot 14 for 26 (53.8 percent) in the second half. read more