Nov. 9, 2017
#4/2 South Carolina vs Alabama State
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 4/2 South Carolina officially opens its 2017-18 regular season at Colonial Life Arena on Fri., Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. against Alabama State. The Gamecocks will receive their SEC Championship rings and will unveil their National Championship banner in a ceremony that will begin at 6:30 p.m. and air live on SEC Network+.
Parking in Lots A and B will be pass only, however, public handicap parking in those lots will be $10. Additional private and city lot parking is also $10. Shuttles from the Pendleton and Park Street garages will begin two hours prior to tip-off, and will be $3 roundtrip.
South Carolina Notables
South Carolina begins its 44th season of women’s basketball tonight and its 10th under the tutelage of head coach Dawn Staley..
By the Numbers
2 Returning Gamecock starters this season, both of whom were preseason All-SEC selections
Scouting the Lady Hornets
Alabama State enters the 2017-18 season after posting a 14-16 record last season, although 12 of those 14 victories came in SWAC play, propelling the Lady Hornets into third place in the league. Alabama State advanced to the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament last season as well.
The Gamecocks are 31-12 all-time in season openers with a 14-1 record in openers played at home. Head coach Dawn Staley has led South Carolina to a 7-2 record on opening day, including a 4-1 mark when opening in Colonial Life Arena.
Holding Home Court
The Gamecocks are 422-155 all-time on their home court, including a 180-60 mark in Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina is 115-27 at home during the Dawn Staley era and has lost just twice in its last 67 home games, including undefeated home seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Gamecocks have won 33 of their last 34 SEC regular-season home games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
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