Women's pregame: USC vs. Clemson

November 17, 2012 

University of South Carolina's Ashley Bruner makes a basket over Kentucky's Brittany Henderson in the first second at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

C. ALUKA BERRY — caberry@thestate.com

WHO: South Carolina 3-0; Clemson 0-2

WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena.

TV: Fox SportSouth


SERIES: Clemson leads 33-24

COACHES: Dawn Staley (70-58 in five seasons at USC, 242-138 in 13 seasons), Itoro Coleman (16-44 in three seasons at Clemson and overall)


... The Gamecocks have made easy work of their first three opponents and are facing a Clemson team that is struggling out the gate. USC has won it's three games by an average of 29 points a game.

... A victory would give the Gamecocks their best start in Dawn Staley's five seasons at the helm. That would be the best start since the 2002 when they won eight games to start the season.

... A victory would also be the third straight over the Tigers. USC has won five of the past seven meetings.

... Rebounding has been key for USC. Even being undersized, they are averaging 19.7 more rebounds than their opponents.

... USC should have Elem Ibiam back after the center missed the passed two games with a head injury. Tiffany Davis may miss the game after injuring her knee against Savannah State.

... Clemson has the nation's fourth most inexperienced team. They only have 10 years of experience among the 12 players on the roster.

... The Tigers two losses have been by a combined 5 points.

... All tickets are $1.

Probable starters: Gamecocks

F6-0Ashley Bruner 13.3
F6-0Aleighsa Welch 12.0
G5-8Ieasia Walker 11.0
G5-10Sancheon White7.0
G5-9Tiffany Mitchell 10.7

Probable starters: Tigers

F6-4Jonquel Jones 12.0
F6-3Quinyotta Pettaway9.0
G5-6Chelsea Lindsay4.0
G5-10Nikki Dixon 9.0
G5-10Danaejah Grant 13.5

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