Women's hoops: Gamecocks to play at Duke

dcloninger@thestate.comJuly 15, 2014 

Dawn Staley celebrates with South Carolina players after she caught a touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson in Saturday's spring game.

DWAYNE MCLEMORE — dmclemore@thestate.com

Some women’s basketball news in the middle of SEC Media Days …

Duke released a statement on Tuesday afternoon confirming that South Carolina will play in Durham this year. The Gamecocks and Blue Devils will play at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 on ESPN2, the day after the USC men host Oklahoma State (and the Gamecocks’ football team may be playing in the SEC Championship Game).

Duke will return the game in Columbia in 2015-16.

The Gamecocks’ schedule isn’t out yet, but it should be coming soon. There will definitely be games against Duke, Clemson, San Diego State, Southern Cal and Connecticut. Dawn Staley has had a hard time getting games (the annual game with North Carolina is a casualty this year) but has managed to schedule road games at two of the sport’s biggest powers.

USC won’t travel to UConn until February, during the SEC season, but the Duke game will most likely be the biggest game of the early season. The Blue Devils went 28-7 last year but were beaten on their home court in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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