Aleighsa Welch
Aleighsa  Welch


Goose Creek, S.C.

High School:
Goose Creek




From Goose Creek to the Gamecocks, Welch’s legacy runs deep

By David Caraviello (Charleston Post & Courier)


Senior Welch delivers in a big way for USC women

By Matt Connolly (Spartanburg Herald Journal)


Welch a Coach on the Floor for Top-Ranked USC

By David Caraviello (Charleston Post & Courier)


Aleighsa Welch the glue that cements Gamecocks' unity

By David Cloninger (The State)

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video

Career Highlights

2014 All-America Honorable Mention (AP, WBCA)
2014 WBCA All-Region 3
Two-Time All-SEC (2013 - Second Team, Coaches/Honorable Mention, AP; 2014 - First Team, Coaches/Second Team, AP)
2014 Naismith Award Early Season Watch List
2013 SEC All-Freshman Team
2014 Capital One Academic All-District
Three-Time SEC Academic Honor Roll (2012, 2013, 2014)

Junior Year (2013-14)
Earned honors from SEC coaches for the third-straight season, grabbing a spot on the All-SEC First Team ... named WBCA All-Region 3, going on to claim honorable mention All-America honors from the organization ... was on the Naismith Award Early Season Watch List ... became 29th Gamecock to reach 1,000 career points, only 12 of whom also have more than 700 rebounds, a plateau she crossed in NCAA Tournament second-round game against Oregon State (Mar. 25) to become the 15th Gamecock all-time with that career number ... shot at least 50.0 percent from field in all but seven games on the season (five of which were at least 40.0 percent) ... ranked 14th in the nation and second in SEC in field goal percentage ... in SEC play, ranked 18th in ppg, ninth in rpg, fifth in blocks (1.9) and sixth in offensive rebounds (3.1 Orpg) ... posted nine double-doubles to rank fifth in the SEC ... led team in scoring 10 times (LA Tech, at Clemson, vs. UNC, at Texas A&M, at Miss. St., Arkansas, at LSU, at UK, at Tenn., vs. Oregon St.) ... paced the team in rebounding 13 times (Chas. Sthrn., LA Tech, CofC, Seton Hall, at Clemson, vs. UNC, at Texas A&M, Ala., at Miss. St., at UK, at Tenn., vs. UGA, vs. Oregon St.) ... scored all 10 of her points against #12/13 North Carolina (Mar. 30) in the second half of the NCAA Sweet 16 game ... posted fourth 20-point game of season with 21 against Oregon State (Mar. 25), including 12 in first half while Tiffany Mitchell was held scoreless by Beavers, and finished with season's ninth double-double ... scored six of her 12 points in SEC semifinal against Kentucky (Mar. 8) late in first half in effort to rally back from 13-point deficit ... narrowly missed double-double in SEC Tournament quarterfinal against Georgia (Mar. 7) playing just 27 minutes ... recorded seven of team's first 13 points at #10/9 Tennessee (Mar. 2) en route to team-best 16 to go with nine rebounds, including six in the second half ... scored four of her 12 points against Florid (Feb. 23) in a 90-second stretch after Gators cut lead to seven with four minutes left in game ... posted SEC career high with 21 points at #15/15 Kentucky (Feb. 20), including six of team's first nine to set tone early, and tied career high with five blocks ... hit two field goals and a pair of free throws in the second half at #19/17 LSU (Feb. 16) to turn away the Lady Tigers three times when they came within striking distance ... blocked a career-high five shots against Arkansas (Feb. 9) while also leading the offense with 16 points ... powered team to win at Mississippi State (Feb. 6) with seventh double-double of season, while other primary offensive producers struggled ... scored eight of her 11 points against Ole Miss (Jan. 30) in first half to help establish 19-point halftime lead ... posted second-straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds against Alabama (Jan. 19) ... poured in 20 points at #25/21 Texas A&M (Jan.16), including six of team's first 10 2nd-half points to launch rally from 17-point halftime deficit ... had fourth double-double of season against #9/10 Kentucky (Jan. 9), adding 11 points and 10 rebounds in the second half alone to hold off Wildcats' surge ... hit 5-of-6 from free throw line, grabbed a defensive rebound and blocked a shot in final five minutes of game to hold off Vanderbilt (Jan. 5) ... blocked four shots at Arkansas (Jan. 2) and hit a tough shot in traffic to end seven-minute scoring drought in second half that let Razorbacks cut deficit in half ... handed out career high five assists against Savannah State (Dec. 28), still scoring in double figures ... scored nine of her 14 points against Winthrop (Dec. 20) in the second half to hold off Winthrop rally ... netted career-high 23 points against #14/13 North Carolina (Dec. 18) while battling for five offensive rebounds ... scored all 18 of her points at Charlotte (Dec. 8) in the second half, driving team to road win after sitting all but the first six minutes of the first half due to foul trouble ... hit 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points in the second half at Southern Cal (Nov. 25) to help team pull away from six-point halftime lead ... grabbed career-high 17 rebounds against College of Charleston (Nov. 14), sixth-most in Colonial Life Arena history, including 12 in the first half ... named to SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

Sophomore Year (2012-13)
Earned her first All-SEC nod with a spot on the second team ... started every game ... ranked second in school history with 131 offensive rebounds on the season, becoming one of three Gamecocks all-time to have multiple seasons with at least 100 ... set the school record with 56 offensive boards in the SEC regular season while ranking fourth in minutes played (530) and fifth in games started (33) in league play ... has 10 double-doubles (Savannah St., vs. Hampton, vs. FGCU, Drexel, at Seton Hall, SC State, at Alabama, Miss. St., Florida, vs. Kansas) ... led the SEC in offensive rebounds per game (4.0), ranked eighth in total rebounds per game and was 22nd in scoring ... led the team in scoring 11 times (Savannah St., vs. Hampton, at Seton Hall, Stanford, Miss. St., Vandy, at Georgia, at Alabama, at Kentucky, Miss. St., vs. Kansas) ... led the team in rebounding 10 times (at LA Tech, Savannah St., vs. FGCU, Drexel, SC State, Miss. St., at Florida, Miss. St., at Missouri, Florida) ... scored in double figures 21 times, including a 20-point game, and pulled down double-digit rebounds 12 times ... scored nine of her 16 points against Kansas (March 25) in the NCAA Tournament Second Round in the second half, including a personal 6-0 run that tied the game at 65-65 with 6:39 left to play ... went 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the second-round SEC Tournament game against Alabama (March 7) ... scored 10 of her 14 points against Florida (March 3) in the second half, highlighted by six during an 8-0 run that put the game away, and finished with her ninth double-double of the season ... netted career-high 20 points against Mississippi State (Feb. 24), including 8-of-12 from free throw line, and complete her eighth double-double with six offensive boards among her 11 rebounds ... was perfect from the field and FT line at Ole Miss (Feb. 17) en route to 11 points ... scored 10 of team-high 15 points at No. 9/7 Kentucky (Feb. 14) to hold off Wildcat surge early in second half ... grabbed six of her eight rebounds against No. 14/16 Texas A&M (Feb. 10) on offensive end, her eighth game of the season with at least six offensive boards ... scored team's first six points in 13-3 run that opened second half at Alabama (Feb. 7) to finish with double-double, including 11 points and seven rebounds in second half ... hit a pair of free throws in final minute to seal win over Auburn (Feb. 3) ... blocked three shots at Arkansas (Jan. 27), including potential game-tying attempt in final 10 seconds ... rallied against #5/4 Kentucky (Jan. 24) with eight points and five boards of her totals coming in second half ... reeled in nine of her 12 rebounds at Florida (Jan. 20) in the second half and tied her career high with eight offensive ... hit four free throws in final minute to seal win against LSU (Jan. 17) to cap off 14-point, seven-rebound effort ... tied her then-career high with 19 points at #13/12 Georgia (Jan. 13), hitting 8-of-10 from the field, and made the play that resulted in a pair of Sancheon White free throws to pull Gamecocks within a point in the final 45 seconds ... scored eight of her team-high 13 points against Vanderbilt (Jan. 10) in just 11 minutes of first-half action ... led team in points, rebounds and assists at Mississippi State (Jan. 6) ... limited by foul trouble to just nine minutes in first half against #12/13 Tennessee (Jan. 3), finishing with just six points and five rebounds... tied her career high with eight offensive rebounds among her 14 against SC State (Dec. 21) while also adding 16 points for her sixth double-double of the season ... scored 13 of her 17 points against #1/1 Stanford (Dec. 19) in the second half, including a free throw to tie the game with 1:14 left to play ... snagged a career-high 15 rebounds against Drexel (Nov. 28), the second-most in the SEC this season ... named Paradise Jam MOP, averaging 10.3 points and 9.3 rebounds to guide team to Reef Division title ... scored 10 of team's first 13 second-half points to pull away from Hampton (Nov. 22) ... posted first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Savannah State (Nov. 15) ... was great on the inside at Louisiana Tech (Nov. 12), to finish with 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals ... named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

Freshman Year (2011-12)
Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team by the league's coaches ... played in 33 games, including two starts ... was 13th in the SEC in rebounding, second among league freshmen ... pulled in six or more offensive rebounds five times (Penn State, at Xavier, Furman, Vanderbilt, vs. Stanford), all of which are among the top-five performances by a freshman in South Carolina history ... led the team in rebounding a team-high 16 times (Alabama A&M, at Clemson, CofC, at Xavier, Furman, SC State, vs. North Carolina, Alabama, at Vanderbilt, at Tennessee, at Arkansas, Florida, vs. Alabama, vs. Eastern Michigan, at Purdue, vs. Stanfod) and was the team's top scorer four times (at NC State, Savannah State, Vanderbilt, at LSU) ... posted double-figure points 10 times ... pulled down double-digit rebounds twice (Alabama, vs. Stanford) ... led team with 7.0 rebounds per NCAA Tournament game with 12 of her 21 boards coming on the offensive end ... ripped down a career-high 12 rebounds against #2/2 Stanford's vaunted front line in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game with eight of those on the offensive end, the second-most by a Gamecock freshman in school history ... turned in 4.7 rebounds and 3.7 points per SEC Tournament game after missing last two of regular season with injury ... grabbed three of her four rebounds on offensive end in SEC Tournament second-round win over #16/15 Georgia ... tied for team-high rebound honors, playing nine minutes in SEC Tournament first-round win over Alabama ... earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 9 for her week of 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to help team defeat Vanderbilt and Florida ... scored transition layup to pull within one inside three minutes to go at #8/8 Tennessee while leading team in rebounds ... led the team with nine rebounds at #25/22 Vanderbilt, including two in heavy traffic in the waning seconds of overtime to help secure the victory ... paced offense with 13 points at LSU, including six of the team's 21 in the second half ... scored a season-high 19 points in win over #24/21 Vanderbilt, thanks largely to six offensive rebounds against a taller Vanderbilt front line ... posted her first career double-digit rebound game in her SEC debut against Alabama, also scoring nine points in the contest to narrowly miss her first career double-double ... tied for fourth in South Carolina freshman history with four blocked shots at NC State ... scored 16 points at Xavier, hitting 10 free throws - second-most ever by a Gamecock freshman - on 15 attempts - tied for the South Carolina freshman record

High School
Played four years for Coach Tim Baldwin's Gators... named South Carolina Miss Basketball ... drew 4A player of the year honors ... was a three-time all-state and four-time all-region selection ... earned Player of the Year honors from the Charleston Post & Courier three times ... was tabbed Lowcountry player of the year as a senior ... turned in 19 points and 11 rebounds per game her final season at Goose Creek ... guided team to its first state basketball championship with a 36-point, 15-rebound effort against Spring Valley in the title game her junior year ... played in the state title game in 2011 as well ... helped team to 20 or more wins all four seasons she played, compiling a 102-11 record.