JUCO standout joins USC women

May 16, 2013 

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South Carolina coach Dawn Staley

PHIL SANDLIN — AP

South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced Wednesday the signing of 5-foot-7 guard Olivia Gaines (Chester, S.C./Chester) to a National Letter of Intent. Gaines will have two seasons of eligibility beginning with the 2013-14 season.

“Olivia brings experience and athleticism to our young back court,” Staley sad. “We look forward to her contributing on both sides of the ball.”

After her high school career at Chester, Gaines spent the last two seasons at Louisburg College (Louisburg, N.C.). After helping the Hurricanes to the 2013 NJCAA Division II National Championship, Gaines was named the Junior/Community College Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Averaging 18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.5 steals, the sophomore earned a spot on the NJCAA All-America team.

Gaines joins the Gamecocks' early signee, Alaina Coates, a 6-foot-4 center from Irmo, S.C. (Dutch Fork).

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