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Gamecock Great to be Honored During SEC Tourney First Round Game

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2002_1122AP.JPGWhile the 2011-12 Gamecock Women's Basketball squad appears poised to receive a berth in the NCAA Tournament, we will take a look back tonight to honor an All-American who led the last Carolina women's team to the Big Dance in 2003.

During halftime of South Carolina's first round SEC Women's Basketball Tournament game tonight (10:00 p.m. ET tip-off vs. Alabama), the conference will honor this year's Gamecock representative in the "SEC Greats" program, Jocelyn Penn.

A part of the South Carolina women's basketball program from 1999 to 2003, Penn was the leading scorer on the last two Gamecock teams to make the NCAA Tournament, taking teams to the Elite Eight in 2002 and to the second round in 2003. A two-time first-team All-SEC selection, she drew All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a Naismith Award and Wade Trophy finalist in 2003.

As good defensively as she was on offense, Penn is the school record holder in both steals (359) and field goal percentage (.593). She is fourth on the Gamecocks' career scoring list with 1,939 and has recorded two of the program's three 50-point games, including an SEC-record 51-point outing against Stetson. Penn also holds the record for steals in a game with 11 against South Carolina State. 


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She was selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Charlotte Sting with the ninth overall pick of the draft (first round) and went on to play with both the Washington Mystics and Houston Comets, among others.












The Gamecocks take on Alabama tonight in the SEC Tournament first round in Nashville. Game time is set for 10:00 p.m. ET and will air on FSN/Sport South or you can listen on 1320 AM or online right here at GamecocksOnline.com.

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