Nov. 29, 2017
#5/6 South Carolina vs Western Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 5/6 South Carolina opens a four-game homestand on Thu., Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. against Western Carolina. The Gamecocks (6-1) are ranked ninth in the nation in field goal percentage in their 54th week ranked in the AP top five since the start of the 2014-15 season.
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
The Gamecocks lead the SEC and rank ninth in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 50.0 percent form the field so far this season. Their accuracy has been as high as 55.4 percent (36-of-65) against Wofford and never lower than 41.3 percent (26-of-63) at Clemson.
By the Numbers
2 Gamecocks ranked among the SEC’s top 20 in rebounding – A’ja Wilson (2nd, 11.7 rpg) and Alexis Jennings (20th, 6.6 rpg)
Western Carolina Series Notes
The Gamecocks and Catamounts have faced each other five times prior to tonight, including four games in Columbia. South Carolina is 5-0 against Western Carolina with the most recent meeting, on Dec. 29, 2012, resulting in a 66-44 Gamecock victory.
Holding Home Court
The Gamecocks are 424-155 all-time on their home court, including a 182-60 mark in Colonial Life Arena. South Carolina is 117-27 at home during the Dawn Staley era and has lost just twice in its last 69 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.
South Carolina ranks 11th in the nation with 6.6 blocked shots per game, which is best in the SEC. While the Gamecocks have been atop this category over the last few seasons, the formula this season is slightly different.
Instead of being dominated by two Gamecocks, eight different members of the team have recorded at least one blocked shot this season.
Senior forward A’ja Wilson leads a trio of Gamecocks ranked among the top 15 shot blockers in the SEC. Her 3.7 blocks per game rank fourth in the nation and lead the SEC.
Behind Wilson, junior Alexis Jennings and sophomore Mikiah Herbert Harrigan are 15th in the SEC with 0.9 blocks per game.
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