South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball
|South Carolina Gamecocks|
|University||University of South Carolina|
|Head coach||Dawn Staley (4th year)|
|Arena||Colonial Life Arena
Garnet and Black
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1980, 1990, 2002, 2012|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances|
|1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013|
|Conference tournament champions|
|Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989|
|Conference regular season champions|
|Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991|
The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team enjoyed its greatest success under head coach Nancy Wilson during the 1980s in the Metro Conference when it won five regular season conference championships and three conference tournament championships. Since 2002, the team plays its home games at the Colonial Life Arena.
The first Gamecocks women's basketball team to compete at an intercollegiate level dates back to 1923 when they were called the Pullets. The first varsity team, known as the Carolina Chicks, took to the court in January 1974 under the guidance of Pam Backhaus. The inaugural team compiled a record of 15-7 and were the South Carolina AIAW Champions. In 1977, with Pam Parsons as the head coach the women's basketball team, they changed their nickname to the Lady Gamecocks and made post-season trips every year with her at the helm. However, Parsons was forced to resign when Sports Illustrated published a story, Stormy Weather at South Carolina, that accused Parson of having a sexual relationship with one of her players. The program enjoyed its greatest run of success when it joined the Metro Conference in 1983. During its eight seasons in the league, the Lady Gamecocks won the regular season championship five times and the conference tournament three times. Head Coach Susan Walvius resigned on April 14, 2008 and Dawn Staley was named the new head coach of the Lady Gamecocks on May 7.
|2013–14 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team|
Year by year results
Conference tournament winners noted with # Source
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Pam Backhaus (Independent) (1974–1975)|
|1974-75||Pam Backhaus||18–12||–||AIAW Region II|
|Frankie Porter (Independent) (1975–1976)|
|Pam Backhaus (Independent) (1976–1977)|
|Pam Parsons (Independent) (1977–1982)|
|1977-78||Pam Parsons||24–10||–||AIAW Region II|
|1978-79||Pam Parsons||27–10||–||AIAW Region II, NWIT Champions||15|
|1979-80||Pam Parsons||30–6||–||AIAW Third Place||4|
|1980-81||Pam Parsons||21–11||–||AIAW Region II|
|Terry Kelly (Independent, Metro) (1982–1985)|
|1982||Terry Kelly||16–8||–||NCAA Sixteen|
|Nancy Wilson (Metro, SEC) (1984–1997)|
|1985-86||Nancy Wilson||19–11||9–1||#||NCAA First Round|
|1987-88||Nancy Wilson||23–11||10–2||#||NCAA Second Round (Play-In)||24|
|1988-89||Nancy Wilson||23–7||10–2||#||NCAA First Round||22||17|
|1989-90||Nancy Wilson||24–9||13–1||NCAA Sixteen||16||19|
|1990-91||Nancy Wilson||22–9||12–2||NCAA First Round|
|1991-92||Nancy Wilson||13–15||2–9||12th (SEC)|
|Susan Walvius (SEC) (1997–2008)|
|2001-02||Susan Walvius||25–7||10–4||T-2nd||NCAA Quarterfinals||6||13|
|2002-03||Susan Walvius||23–8||9–5||T-5th||NCAA Second Round||18||16|
|2005-06||Susan Walvius||17–12||7–7||7th||WNIT First Round (Bye)|
|2006-07||Susan Walvius||18–15||6–8||T-7th||WNIT Sixteen|
|2007-08||Susan Walvius||16–16||4–10||T-9th||WNIT First Round (Play-In)|
|Dawn Staley (SEC) (2008–present)|
|2010-11||Dawn Staley||18–15||8–8||T-5th||WNIT Second Round|
|2011-12||Dawn Staley||25–10||10–6||T-4th||NCAA Sixteen||21||25|
|2012-13||Dawn Staley||25–8||11–5||T-4th||NCAA Second Round||14||17|
National champion Conference regular season champion Conference tournament champion
2012 Paradise Jam
South Carolina traveled to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam Tournament over the extended Thanksgiving weekend.
South Carolina won their first game against Hampton 45–34, and their second against Florida Gulf Coast 65–46, setting up the deciding game between the Gamecocks and DePaul, who also went 2–0 in the first two rounds. DePaul's Anna Martin was unable to play due to a knee injury. Although the Blue Demons held a slim 28–25 lead early in the second half, South Carolina responded with a 19–4 run to put the game out of reach. South Carolina went on to win the game 55–46, and the Reef Division championship. South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch was named the Reef Division Tournament MVP
Gamecocks in the WNBA
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- "South Carolina Women's Basketball History".
- "History". University of South Carolina. Retrieved 10 Aug 2013.
- "DePaul Takes Second Place at Paradise Jam". DePaul Blue Demons. Nov. 24, 2012. Retrieved 31 Jan 2013.
- "Tournament History & Statistics". Basketball Travelers, Inc. Retrieved 23 Dec 2012.
- "2012 Women’s Tournament Scores and Brackets". Basketball Travelers, Inc. Retrieved 23 Dec 2012.
- "Carolina History".