Women's basketball hosts the Presbyterian Blue Hose at 7 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena.
Dec. 27, 2010
Game Notes in PDF Format
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Colonial Life Arena
Live Stats: GamecocksOnline.com
$7 general admission
WISW 1320 AM (Brad Muller and Mary Girton); GamecocksOnline.com
South Carolina Notables
- This is the Gamecocks' 36th season as a varsity sport.
- Two Gamecocks are among the SEC's top 30 scorers this season - Ieasia Walker (11.9 ppg) and Marah Strickland (10.8 ppg).
- South Carolina has used four different starting lineups this season with eight players getting at least one start. The Gamecocks have used the same lineup for the last three games.
- Junior guard Marah Strickland has hit 38.8 (19-49) percent from 3-point range over the last six games, including 35.7 percent (10-28) over the last four home games.
- Junior guard La'Keisha Sutton has handed out 5.0 assists and swiped 3.0 steals per game over the last five games.
- Senior guard Valerie Nainima made her season debut against NC State, just 4-1/2 months after ACL surgery on her right knee.
A South Carolina Win Would...
- Be its seventh-straight home victory, the longest the Gamecocks have gone without dropping a home game since opening the 2002-03 season with a 10-game home win streak.
- Be the Gamecocks' seventh non-conference win of the season, matching last year's total.
By the Numbers
1 - Gamecock that has a higher scoring average away from Colonial Life Arena (12.0) than on her home court (10.1) - Marah Strickland.
2 - Gamecocks who have started every game this season - Jewel May and La'Keisha Sutton.
3 - Gamecocks who have pulled down more offensive rebounds than defensive boards - Ashley Bruner (39-26), Charenee Stephens (30-28) and Ebony Wilson (10-9).
4 - Gamecocks who average double-figure points in home games - Ieasia Walker (13.4), La'Keisha Sutton (10.9), Ashley Bruner (10.3) and Marah Strickland (10.1).
5 - Different players who have led the team in scoring this season - Ieasia Walker (4), Marah Strickland (3), La'Keisha Sutton (2), Charenee Stephens (1) and Ashley Bruner (1).
5:01 - Total time South Carolina has trailed this season after taking a lead into halftime (UC Davis). The Gamecocks are 6-1 when leading at the half.
11 - The largest deficit the Gamecocks have overcome to win this season (Illinois).
15 - The largest halftime lead the Gamecocks have held this season (Charleston Southern and NC State).
36.1 - Points per game difference in scoring margin for the Gamecocks from home games to away/neutral games (+10.9 at home/-25.2 on the road).
.300 - Difference in the Gamecocks' season-best field goal percentage (.518 vs. NC State) and their season low (.218 at Stanford).
Bettering the Big South
South Carolina is 28-6 all-time against schools currently in the Big South Conference. The Gamecocks enter tonight's game having played seven of the nine schools that field women's basketball teams.
The Gamecocks are 144-76 (.655) all-time in the month of December, including an 85-22 (.794) record at home. Under head coach Dawn Staley, South Carolina is 12-6 in the last month of the year. The Gamecocks went 4-3 in Staley's first year at the helm (2008-09) and were 4-2 last season. So far this December, South Carolina is 4-1.
Home Sweet Home
South Carolina has won 69.4 percent of its home games since the 1976-77 season (records did not include the site of games for the first two seasons of women's basketball). That 329-145 mark includes an 85-49 mark in Colonial Life Arena. The Gamecocks turned in their most productive home season in 2001-02, winning 17 of their 18 contests in their final season playing at Carolina Coliseum. The team's best home record at Colonial Life Arena came in 2006-07 when South Carolina went 15-5. South Carolina is currently 6-1 at home this season.