Women’s pregame: USC vs. Hampton

November 21, 2012 

WHO: South Carolina 4-0; Hampton 4-0

WHEN: 1:15 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: U.V.I. Sport and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

TV: None

RADIO: WISW 1320 AM

SERIES: First meeting

COACHES: Dawn Staley (71-58 in five seasons at USC, 243-138 in 13 seasons); David Six (75-24 in four seasons at Hampton and overall)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Gamecocks are down to nine healthy bodies for the foreseeable future. Freshman Tiffany Davis is out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Savannah State. ... This will be the first of three games at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. USC will face Florida Gulf Coast on Friday and DePaul on Saturday. ... This is the best start in Dawn Staley’s five seasons and best start for the program since 2002, when the Gamecocks won eight in a row. ... USC guard Tiffany Mitchell was named SEC Freshman of the Week by averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds last week. ... This is the third time South Carolina has participated in the Paradise Jam. ... Hampton owns victories over SEC foes Mississippi State and LSU. The Pirates are led by Keiara Avant, who is scoring 22.0 per game.

STARTING LINEUPS

GAMECOCKS
POS.HT.NAME PPG
F6-0Ashley Bruner 14.0
F6-0Aleighsa Welch 10.8
G5-8Ieasia Walker 10.5
G5-10Sancheon White6.0
G5-9Tiffany Mitchell 12.0
PIRATES
F6-2Brielle Ward 3.0
F5-11Keiara Avant 22.0
G5-8Nicole Hamilton 13.3
G5-4Kenia Cole 6.5
G5-9JoNiquia Guilford7.0

Chris Dearing

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