March 18, 2017
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 3/4 South Carolina plays its final home game of the 2016-17 season Sunday, hosting Arizona State in NCAA Tournament second-round action at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks (28-4) and Sun Devils (20-12) are two of the nation's stingiest defenses this season with neither allowing more than 58 points per game.
South Carolina Notables
By the Numbers
2 Single-digit scoring games by A'ja Wilson this season, both of which she played fewer than 16 minutes
Arizona State Series Notes
The Gamecocks are 2-1 all-time against Arizona State with the most recent meeting coming in Hawaii on Nov. 27, 2015. While that game -- a 60-58 South Carolina victory -- was just 16 months ago, just two Gamecocks who played in that contest will take the court tonight. Conversely, six of the 11 Sun Devils who saw action are on this season's roster. For then-No. 2 South Carolina, those two returning players were the two high scorers in last season's game as A'ja Wilson and Bianca Cuevas-Moore each posted 18 points in the victory over then-No. 16 Arizona State. Wilson posted a double-double with her last rebound and final two points sealing the game after she hit a pair of free throws after being fouled rebounding her own miss in the final second of the game.
South Carolina has overcome the absence of Alaina Coates the way every coach describes replacing an All-American -- by committee. The Gamecocks are 5-0 since Coates was injured with a pair of wins over ranked opponents, including top-10 Mississippi State for the SEC Tournament title.
A few key stat differences in the five games are:
Due to teammate injuries, junior guard Allisha Gray has started four games this season as essentially the Gamecocks' starting power forward. Undersized only in height, the six-foot guard's heart and competitive fire made those outings -- at LSU, at Texas A&M, vs. Mississippi State and against UNC Asheville -- some of her most productive games of the season. Averaging roughly the same minutes as her season mark (28.0), Gray posted 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 71.9 percent in those four games. In fact, in the most recent such game, she out-scored AND out-rebounded All-America roommate A'ja Wilson.
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