Dec. 4, 2017
#5/6 South Carolina vs College of Charleston
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No. 5/6 South Carolina continues its homestand with a 7 p.m. tipoff Tuesday night against College of Charleston. The Gamecocks (8-1) are playing their third game in six days, but have had the luxury of all three being at Colonial Life Arena.
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
In the Gamecocks' 72-52 win over #14/16 Duke Sunday, the team illustrated its power to execute a game plan to perfection. Among the best performances not immediately evident in the box score were the defensive efforts of junior Doniyah Cliney and freshman Bianca Jackson. The pair led the charge against one of the highest-scoring backcourt combinations in the country. Duke's high-scoring duo entered the game averaging 36.5 points but managed just 21 against the Gamecocks, including just one 3-pointer. Staley was especially happy with the performance of Jackson against the more veteran senior Rebecca Greenwell, who scored just eight points after coming into the game averaging 16.9.
By the Numbers
1 Double-figure scoring game need by senior forward for 100 in her career
CofC Series Notes
The Gamecocks hold a 15-9 edge over the Cougars, though just two of those game have come in the last 10 seasons. The teams have met twice in the Dawn Staley era with both games played in Columbia. With the last meeting coming on Nov. 14, 2013, no one on either team's roster has faced the other before tonight.
Preseason All-SEC Second-Team selection Tyasha Harris is looking for a sophomore surge, not a slump, in her second season with the Gamecocks. Challenged by her head coach to expand her game now that "the novelty has worn off," Harris aims at blending more of the scoring prowess she showed in high school (23.5 ppg) with the unselfish court vision she displayed last season when she was 14th in the SEC with 3.2 assists per game. So far so good for Harris' goals. She averages 9.4 points and is fourth in the league in assists at 5.2 per game. Against #15/13 Maryland (Nov. 13), she narrowly missed her first career double-double with career highs in points (20) and assists (9). Six games later, she accomplished the feat, handing out 10 assists and scoring 10 points against Western Carolina (Nov. 30). Harris is the first Gamecock to post a double-double with assists since Samone Kennedy posted 10 points and 10 assists at Florida on Feb. 24, 2008. She became the first Gamecock to hand out 10 or more assists since Tina Roy hit that mark on Dec. 14, 2014. Harris has also stepped up her game defensively, ranking second the SEC with 2.8 steals per game. She has swiped four or more in three of the last five games, including her career-high six against Western Carolina (Nov. 30).
After two seasons coming off the bench, junior guard Doniyah Cliney has an established role in the starting lineup, and the spotlight has only amplified how much more she is prepared to contribute. Staley has marked her as a "stat stuffer" because her versatility and athleticism allow her to impact the game in so many ways. Any single number may not jump off the box score, but she will contribute to nearly all of them. So far this season, Cliney averages 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals. She has three double-figure scoring games and five games of three or more assists. Defensively, she takes the assignment of the opponent's top guard.
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With over 10,000 season-ticket holders for the third-straight season, South Carolina continues to lead the nation in average attendance at 12,817 and is the only program drawing at least 10,000 fans per game. The Gamecocks have posted the highest average attendance in the nation at the end of the last three seasons, averaging at least 12,000 fans in each of those seasons, during which they boast two sellouts of 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena.
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