South Carolina stays No. 1 in women's AP Top 25 despite loss
Mississippi St South Carolina Basketball South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley communicates with players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina won 80-68. 1 team in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll on Monday despite experiencing its first loss of the season last week. North Carolina State followed Arizona. Missouri, bolstered by its victory over South Carolina, went from receiving no votes last week to just missing the AP Top 25. COVID-19As of Sunday, more than 260 Division I women's basketball game have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus since the season began.wftv.com
South Carolina, Stanford still Nos. 1-2 in women's AP Top 25
Stanford South Carolina Basketball South Carolina players react to a score during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Stanford on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford) (Sean Rayford)A relatively quiet week because of the holidays left The Associated Press women's college basketball poll mostly unchanged. South Carolina remained the unanimous No. Louisville, Arizona and North Carolina State held their spots in the top five. Iowa has lost two of its last three games, including one to rival Iowa State. 1 South Carolina.wftv.com
South Carolina's Staley advocates for Black female coaches
“There is an influx of Black women getting an opportunity,” Staley said. “There should be a fair amount of Black women getting a chance because of who we serve,” Staley said. ”There are 12 Black women head coaches at Power Five schools this season, including two new ones out of nine openings: Marisa Moseley at Wisconsin and Johnnie Harris at Auburn. We are more ready than most people.”Legette-Jack said Black female coaches couldn't have a better advocate than Staley. All Division I Black coaches in our game.”Staley hopes that those coaches will all find a way to uplift someone else when they are successful.wftv.com
South Carolina, UConn, Stanford women top preseason Top 25
Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar spot: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll, released Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File) (Richard Shiro)Dawn Staley and South Carolina are back in a familiar spot: No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 women's basketball poll. ... Virginia Tech is in the preseason poll for only the second time ever, joining the 1999 squad that was ranked 19th.wftv.com
South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contrat
COLUMBIA, S.C. — (AP) — Dawn Staley and South Carolina have agreed to a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the final season. The school said in a statement the new deal makes Staley the highest-paid Black coaches in women's basketball and one of the highest paid coaches in the sport. Staley “has built our women’s basketball program from the ground up, and her teams have produced champions, both on and off the floor,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “The ability to keep Coach Staley at the University of South Carolina is great news for all Gamecocks.”Staley arrived at South Carolina in the 2008-09 season after coaching at Temple and built a program that won the national title in 2017. In the offseason, Staley led the United States' women's basketball team to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.wftv.com
Bird, Taurasi go for 5th Olympic gold vs host nation Japan
She hopes it will be with an unprecedented fifth consecutive gold medal when the U.S. plays Japan in the women's basketball championship game. Bird and Taurasi have never lost an Olympic game, going 37-0. “They’re doing a great job at keeping everything in check because the main thing is winning a gold medal,” Staley said. “I think everybody here wants to win gold for them, for us, for everybody that’s started this streak that got us here," said U.S. center Brittney Griner. "You know there’s a lot of different reasons why we want to win this gold medal.wftv.com
Got next: US draws Australia in women's hoops quarterfinals
“Obviously not the team we wanted to play in the quarterfinals, but we will fight and hope to play our best game,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said. Australia has never beaten the U.S. in the Olympics, losing to the Americans in the gold medal game in 2000, 04 and 08. The Americans have won 52 consecutive Olympic contests dating back to the bronze medal game of the 1992 Olympics. Still the Americans found ways to win and haven’t lost a game in group play since women’s basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976. The gold medal game is on Sunday.wftv.com
US women's Olympic hoops team adjusting to styles of play
SAITAMA, Japan — (AP) — The U.S. women’s team isn’t clicking at the Tokyo Games the way the Americans would like and one reason is the different styles of play they have encountered so far. “We got the hardest group because of so many different styles of play,” U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. “France will pose its challenge with us since they have bigs who can score and guards who can shoot the basketball. The U.S. is turning the ball over 21 times a game — the most of any team in the tournament. GROUP CChina (2-0) and Belgium (2-0) are both in the quarterfinals, but neither is satisfied.wftv.com
Gillom sisters: Black ex-assistants paved way for Staley
Dawn Staley becoming the first Black female head coach of the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team is no different. Peggie Gillom-Granderson and her sister Jennifer are two of only five Black females who have been U.S. women's basketball assistants in the 12 Olympics for women's basketball. Being an Olympic head coach hasn’t been a goal for either, especially for Jennifer — not after years of playing basketball internationally. With Staley coaching the U.S. women, Gillom expects to see “a ton of Black women” coaching not just in the Olympics, but at the college level and in the WNBA. “The time is now is for Black women to have that opportunity," Gillom-Granderson said.wftv.com
Staley feels no added pressure as first Black US hoops coach
US Basketball Head coach Dawn Staley, center, coaches during practice for the United States women's basketball team in preparation for the Olympics, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)SAITAMA, Japan — (AP) — Dawn Staley doesn't feel any added pressure being the first Black head coach of the U.S. women's basketball Olympic team. Coach Staley is my second mom and I’d do anything for her. Breaking barriers is nothing new for Staley, who guided South Carolina to its first women's basketball national championship in 2017. Being the first Black women's coach to win the gold wasn't on her list, but that doesn't mean it isn't on her mind.wftv.com
Bird, Alvarez chosen to carry US flag at opening ceremony
(Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP) (Chase Stevens)Four-time Olympic women's basketball gold medalist Sue Bird and baseball player Eddy Alvarez were chosen as U.S. flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night. Alvarez, who won a silver medal in speedskating at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Bird were chosen by a vote of fellow U.S. athletes. Bird is the second U.S. women's basketball player to carry the flag, joining current coach Dawn Staley, who did it at the 2004 games. “It’s an incredible honor to be selected the flag bearer for Team USA,” Bird said. Alvarez becomes the first baseball player to carry the flag for the U.S.wftv.com
Bird, Taurasi earn spots on fifth US Olympic basketball team
Storm Fever Basketball Seattle Storm's Sue Bird drives as Indiana Fever's Jantel Lavender defends during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) (Darron Cummings)Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try and become the first five-time Olympic gold medalists in basketball as they lead the U.S women's team at the Tokyo Games. The duo was selected for their fifth Olympics on Monday, joining Teresa Edwards as the only basketball players in U.S. history to play in five. Edwards won four gold medals and a bronze in her illustrious Olympic career. “USA Basketball has never been in a better place,” said U.S. head coach Dawn Staley, who won three Olympic gold medals as a player and helped the team win two more as an assistant coach.wftv.com
Emmert promises WBCA he will work to fix 'stark' inequities
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – NCAA President Mark Emmert promised the Women's Basketball Coaches Association he will work with coaches to fix the “stark difference” between the Division I men's and women's tournaments. He asked Emmert what he could do to make sure those people give women's basketball the same advantages and opportunities. “Maybe that’s what has to happen in women’s basketball?” Auriemma said. "Maybe women’s basketball has got to separate itself from the other women’s sports? Yet for the women's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, only “NCAA Women's Basketball” was in the middle of the court.
1st-timer Arizona joins mainstays in women's NCAA Final Four
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Arizona has been having fun and playing good basketball, all the way to its first women's NCAA Final Four. The 11-time national champions are making their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance and 21st overall for coach Geno Auriemma. The Cardinal's first Final Four since 2017 is their 14th overall, trailing only to UConn and Tennessee's 18. The Wildcats hadn't even been in the women's NCAA Tournament since 2005, though they would have made it last year with a 24-7 record before the tourney was canceled because of the pandemic. Stanford is in its 34th consecutive women's NCAA Tournament, with Tara VanDerveer in her record 35th overall as a coach.
South Carolina drubs Texas 62-34 to reach Final Four
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – One by one, South Carolina players walked through the confetti and climbed the ladder to cut down the net in the Alamodome. Zia Cooke scored 16 points and South Carolina used its stifling defense to advance to the Final Four for the third time, shutting down Texas for a 62-34 victory Tuesday night. Top-seeded South Carolina blocked 14 shots, nine by Laeticia Amihere, and held No. “It says they're locked in,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. South Carolina answered with a 3-pointer from Henderson to start the Gamecocks on the run that would put the game away.
Baylor coach calls for end of COVID-19 testing at NCAAs
As of Saturday, there had been two confirmed positive tests at the women's tournament with over 15,400 administered. PAC-12 STRENGTHThe Pac-12 is showcasing its strength at the NCAA Tournament in both the men’s and women’s events. Six conference teams qualified for the women’s tournament: Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington State and UCLA. And it’s led to some mutual support: Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer has been texting Oregon State men’s coach Wayne Tinkle, among others. Night in and night out in the Pac-12, we’re playing teams like Stanford, UCLA, great teams, Oregon State, Oregon.
What To Watch: Remaining Final Four spots up for grabs
… Gonzaga is seeking to become the first team to make it to the Final Four unbeaten since Kentucky in 2015. 11 seed UCLA (21-9), East Region final, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis. … UCLA is back in a regional final for the first time since earning three straight Final Four berths from 2006-08. 6 seed Texas (21-9), Hemisfair Region final, Alamodome, San Antonio. … Texas is in a regional final for the first time since 2016 and seeking its first Final Four appearance since 2003.
South Carolina beats Georgia Tech 76-65 to reach Elite Eight
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Zia Cooke and her South Carolina teammates were hot from the outside and rode that solid shooting to reach the Elite Eight. Cooke scored 17 points, hitting five of six 3-point attempts, to lead top-seed South Carolina to a 76-65 win over fifth-seeded Georgia Tech on Sunday and reach the Elite Eight. The South Carolina coach praised Fortner's positivity, which is something Georgia Tech needed when they hired her in 2019. Fortner provided that and had Georgia Tech reach its second-ever Sweet 16 in her second season. South Carolina built a 10-point lead before Georgia Tech scored the final six points of the half to only trail 39-35 at the break.
Dawn Staley criticizes NCAA over tournament disparities
Dawn Staley criticizes NCAA over tournament disparities Dawn Staley, the head coach of South Carolina's women's basketball team, slammed the NCAA over the glaring inequalities between men's and women's college basketball teams. She sat down for an exclusive interview with CBSN contributor Antjuan Seawright to discuss her legacy of being an "odds beater."cbsnews.com
Weighty issue: Inequity raised in women's, men's tourneys
It’s not just a weight room that’s a problem. “The men have everything in that weight room and we have yoga mats,” she said. NCAA Senior Vice President of women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said the governing body would try to quickly improve the equipment available at the women’s tournament. NCAA Senior Vice President of women's basketball Lynn Holzman revealed the numbers on a media call Thursday morning, but did not identify who tested positive. ___AP Sports Writers Jim Vertuno and Teresa Walker contributed to this reportAd___More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
UConn frosh Paige Bueckers leads women's AP All-America team
The freshman guard has lived up to it so far, delivering record-breaking performances and earning a spot on The Associated Press women's basketball All-American team Wednesday. She's only the third freshman to make the AP team, joining Oklahoma's Courtney Paris and UConn's Maya Moore. “Name one player that has taken a team this young to where we are today," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. She became the school's first women's basketball All-American last season. She was joined by Naz Hillmon, who is the first women's player at Michigan to earn All-America honors.
The Latest: NFL Hall of Famers help push vaccine awareness
Hall of Famers taking part include include Anthony Muñoz, in both English and Spanish, Darrell Green, Aeneas Williams, and Drew Pearson. ___Indiana baseball coach Jeff Mercer has tested positive for COVID-19, and the Hoosiers’ home doubleheader against Penn State on Friday has been called off. ___Kansas withdrew from the Big 12 Tournament on Friday after a positive COVID-19 test within the men’s basketball program, sending No. ___The Minnesota Twins are the latest Major League Baseball team to receive government approval for fans to return to their games this season. Only a limited amount of family members of players and staff have been able to attend those games this season.
No. 7 Gamecocks win SEC Tourney 67-62 over No. 16 Georgia
7 South Carolina pulled away in the third quarter to beat No. 16 Georgia 67-62 and win its second straight SEC Tournament title — and sixth in the past seven years. But South Carolina righted things in a big way at the SEC Tournament. They also continued a remarkable run through the SEC Tournament since 2015, going 18-1 over the past seven years. South Carolina: It didn't take long for the Gamecocks to assert their dominance once more on the SEC.
No. 3 A&M beats No. 5 South Carolina 65-57 for SEC title
Aaliyah Wilson scored 17 points and N’dea Jones added 16 to lead Texas A&M to a 65-57 win over fifth-ranked South Carolina to give the Aggies their first regular-season Southeastern Conference title. Texas A&M (22-1, 13-1 SEC) snapped a seven-game skid against South Carolina and finished the season 13-0 at home after playing in front of a season-high 2,700 on Sunday. The Aggies outscored South Carolina (19-4, 14-2) 19-8 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead before the Gamecocks get back in it late. AdThe Aggies added a basket after that before South Carolina got its first field goal of the second half on a layup by Lele Grissett a few seconds later. A 5-0 run by Texas A&M, with another 3 by Nixon, came next to make it 52-37 and spur South Carolina Staley to call a timeout.
UConn in line for top seed in NCAA women's tournament
(David Butler/Pool Photo via AP)UConn, South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville are in line for the top seeds of the women's NCAA Tournament. The women's basketball selection committee revealed the top 16 teams to this point Monday night. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll earlier in the day, would be the overall top seed. “I would say that for every line we had a healthy amount of debate,” NCAA women's basketball selection committee chair Nina King said. The two schools were joined by Arkansas, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Missouri State, South Dakota State and Washington State.
UConn new No. 1 in women's AP Top 25; South Carolina drops
1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, for the first time this season after beating top-ranked South Carolina last week. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll. For the ninth consecutive season, the Huskies have reached the pinnacle of the women's AP Top 25, receiving 26 first-place votes from a 30-member national media panel Monday. 1 South Carolina in overtime a week ago in a 1-vs-2 matchup. Stanford and South Carolina have the next longest active streaks, at two years.
Bueckers leads No. 2 UConn over No. 1 South Carolina in OT
Connecticut guard Paige Bueckers (5) reacts after her three-point basket against South Carolina in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn., Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. AdAliyah Boston had 17 points and 15 rebounds for South Carolina (15-2), which overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for South Carolina. Ad“We'll learn from it,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. UConn scored 19 points off of 21 South Carolina turnovers.
South Carolina returns to top of women's basketball poll
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley confers with forward Aliyah Boston on the sideline during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll. South Carolina, which originally fell from the top spot after losing to North Carolina State, beat the Huskies last season for the first time in eight tries. Here are other tidbits from the poll:MILESTONEMonday marked the 800th women's college basketball poll in the AP's history. Ad___More AP women's college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-college-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
FIBA holds draws for Olympic basketball tournaments
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich signals to players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in San Antonio, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. The Tokyo Games open July 23, one day after the NBA says is the last possible date for this season’s NBA Finals. AdSerbia will play host to the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Italy and Senegal. Croatia will play host to Germany, Russia, Mexico, Tunisia and Brazil. And Canada will play host to Greece, China, Uruguay, Turkey and the Czech Republic.
Boston finishes strong, No. 4 South Carolina tops LSU 69-65
LSU forward Awa Trasi (0) battles for a ball with South Carolina guard Destanni Henderson (3) and South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) during an NCAA basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. “She scored enough, she rebounded the ball, she facilitated,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said of Boston. Awa Trasi's layup briefly widened the lead to 47-43 before South Carolina suddenly seized momentum with a 9-0 run. LSU: The physical presence of the 6-5 Aifuwa and 6-1 Trasi in the front court kept Boston from taking over the game early. TELLING STATISTICSThe Gamecocks wound up dominating in two key statistics, outscoring LSU 48-32 in the paint and 30-6 on fast breaks.
Trial ahead, Trump turns to ethics lawyer for his defense
Trump turned to Bowers, a familiar figure in Republican legal circles, after other legal allies passed on the case. The first impeachment trial turned on charges that Trump improperly solicited Ukraine’s help for his reelection campaign. Pat McCrory and the South Carolina Election Commission in litigation over voter ID laws, as well as a former South Carolina sheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzlement and misconduct in office. In 2018, he was attorney for University of South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley in her successful defamation suit against Missouri’s athletics director. With degrees from the University of South Carolina and College of Charleston, Bowers graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1998.
No. 8 North Carolina State women beat No. 1 South Carolina
North Carolina State players celebrate with the coaching staff after an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)COLUMBIA, S.C. – North Carolina State coach Wes Moore channeled two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells after the Wolfpack's landmark victory over No. “In my 21 years (coaching), I've never felt like I did during the game,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. But Zia Cooke's steal and layup drew South Carolina within a basket with 53.4 seconds to go. Expect North Carolina State, as long as they slip up in its next game Sunday, to move up in the rankings. UP NEXTNorth Carolina State: Hosts Coastal Carolina on Sunday.
Howard, Boston lead AP women's basketball All-America team
FILE - These are 2019 and 2020 file photos showing, from left: Aliyah Boston, Dana Evans, Rhyne Howard, Aari McDonald and Michaela Onyenwere. She was joined on the five-person team by sophomore Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, who was also a unanimous pick. She was joined on the five-player team by sophomore Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, who was also a unanimous pick. Howard was first team while Boston, McDonald and Evans made second team. The AP started choosing a preseason All-America team before the 1994-95 season.
South Carolina No. 1 in AP preseason women's basketball poll
(AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)NEW YORK – Dawn Staley already has accomplished so much at South Carolina. The Gamecocks received 29 of the 30 first-place votes in The Associated Press preseason women's Top 25 released Tuesday. Arizona was seventh, the first time since 2004 that the Wildcats have been ranked in the preseason poll. RESPECTING THE CATSNorthwestern was ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 2015, coming in at No. It's the first time since 2015 that two mid-major teams were ranked in the preseason poll.
College athletes add voices to those protesting injustice
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)NORMAN, Okla. College athletes across the country added their voices to those calling for an end to racial injustice riday with football players and others marching on campus or stepping away from practices to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The problems out there are real, said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, who led the march and spoke at the event. This shouldnt be a troubling time for college-age persons.Members of the Baylor football team marched around campus Friday. The Ole Miss football team decided not to take to the practice field Friday after a similar demonstration a day earlier at Mississippi State. Football coach Jeremy Pruitt moved practice so his players could attend.
The Latest: Three South Carolina coaches taking salary cuts
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___South Carolinas highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, mens basketball coach Frank Martin and womens basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. Football coach Chris Creighton, mens basketball coach Rob Murphy, and womens basketball coach Fred Castro will be affected by the 7% cuts. ___The German basketball league plans to finish its season next month in a closed three-week tournament. The Premier League season was suspended in March with United fifth in the standings.