2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team

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2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
NCAA Tournament National Champions
SEC Tournament champions
SEC regular season champions
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 3
2016–17 record 33–4 (14–2 SEC)
Head coach Dawn Staley (9th season)
Assistant coach Lisa Boyer
Assistant coach Nikki McCray-Penson
Assistant coach Fred Chmiel
Home arena Colonial Life Arena
Seasons
2016–17 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 South Carolina 14 2   .875     33 4   .892
#7 Mississippi State 13 3   .813     34 5   .872
#18 Kentucky 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
#25 Missouri 11 5   .688     21 11   .656
Tennessee 10 6   .625     20 12   .625
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
LSU 8 8   .500     20 12   .625
Auburn 7 9   .438     17 15   .531
Georgia 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Ole Miss 6 10   .375     17 14   .548
Alabama 5 11   .313     22 14   .611
Florida 5 11   .313     15 16   .484
Vanderbilt 4 12   .250     14 16   .467
Arkansas 2 14   .125     13 17   .433
2017 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by ninth year head coach Dawn Staley, play their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 33–4, 11–2 in SEC play to win the SEC regular season and tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament. They defeated UNC Ashville and Arizona State in the first and second rounds, Quinnipiac in the sweet sixteen and Florida State in the elite eight to advanced to their 2nd final four in school history. In the national semi final in Dallas they defeated Stanford and beat SEC rival Mississippi State in the final to win their first NCAA National Championship. A'ja Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Player in the National Championship Game.

Roster[edit]

2016–17 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Victoria Patrick 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Fr Edgewater Orlando, FL
G 1 Bianca Cuevas-Moore 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Jr Nazareth Regional Bronx, NY
G 3 Kaela Davis 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Jr Buford
Georgia Tech
Suwanee, GA
G 4 Doniyah Cliney 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS So Malcolm X Shabazz Newark, NJ
G 10 Allisha Gray 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS Jr Washington County
North Carolina
Sandersville, GA
G 12 Araion Bradshaw 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Fr Tabor Academy Hyde Park, MA
G 15 Tiffany Davis 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) RS Jr Westbury Christian Houston, TX
F 21 Mikiah Harrigan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Fr Flanagan Pembroke Pines, FL
F 22 A'ja Wilson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Jr Heathwood Hall Hopkins, SC
F 35 Alexis Jennings Current redshirt 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Jr Sparkman
Kentucky
Madison, AL
C 41 Alaina Coates 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Sr Dutch Fork Irmo, SC
G 44 India Farmer 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Sr North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC
G 52 Tyasha Harris 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Heritage Christian Noblesville, IN
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule[edit]

[1]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/06/2016*
1:30 PM
No. 4 Benedict W 120–49 
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
Regular season
11/14/2016*
6:00 PM
No. 4 at No. 7 Ohio State W 92–80  1–0
Value City Arena (6,683)
Columbus, OH
11/20/2016*
3:00 PM
No. 4 Hampton
Hall of Fame Women's Challenge
W 92–38  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (11,795)
Columbia, SC
11/21/2016*
7:00 PM
No. 3 Maine
Hall of Fame Women's Challenge
W 79–42  3–0
Colonial Life Arena (11,057)
Columbia, SC
11/22/2016*
7:00 PM
No. 3 Saint Peter's
Hall of Fame Women's Challenge
W 93–38  4–0
Colonial Life Arena (11,455)
Columbia, SC
11/27/2016*
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 vs. No. 4 Louisville
Hall of Fame Women's Challenge
W 83–59  5–0
MassMutual Center 
Springfield, MA
12/01/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 at No. 14 Texas
Big 12/SEC Women's Challenge
W 76–67  6–0
Frank Erwin Center (3,330)
Austin, TX
12/04/2016*
2:00 PM, ACCN Extra
No. 3 at Duke L 63–74  6–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (6,036)
Durham, NC
12/11/2016*
3:00 PM, SECN
No. 6 Minnesota W 98–58  7–1
Colonial Life Arena (12,461)
Columbia, SC
12/15/2016*
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 6 Clemson
Rivalry
W 83–61  8–1
Colonial Life Arena (11,916)
Columbia, SC
12/18/2016*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 No. 9 UCLA W 66–57  9–1
Colonial Life Arena (13,367)
Columbia, SC
12/21/2016*
6:00 PM
No. 6 at Savannah State W 70–30  10–1
Tiger Arena (1,411)
Savannah, GA
01/01/2017
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 Alabama W 93–45  11–1
(1–0)
Colonial Life Arena (12,069)
Columbia, SC
01/05/2017
7:00 PM
No. 5 at Auburn W 73–47  12–1
(2–0)
Auburn Arena (2,144)
Auburn, AL
01/08/2017
12:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 5 at Florida W 81–62  13–1
(3–0)
O'Connell Center (2,232)
Gainesville, FL
01/12/2017
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 5 Georgia W 66–63  14–1
(4–0)
Colonial Life Arena (12,043)
Columbia, SC
01/15/2017
3:00 PM
No. 5 at LSU W 84–61  15–1
(5–0)
Maravich Center (2,840)
Baton Rouge, LA
01/19/2017
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 5 Ole Miss W 65–46  16–1
(6–0)
Colonial Life Arena (12,518)
Columbia, SC
01/23/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 5 No. 4 Mississippi State W 64–61  17–1
(7–0)
Colonial Life Arena (13,120)
Columbia, SC
01/26/2017
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 5 Georgia W 62–44  18–1
(8–0)
Stegeman Coliseum (3,540)
Athens, GA
01/30/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 Tennessee L 74–76  18–2
(8–1)
Colonial Life Arena (13,690)
Columbia, SC
02/02/2017
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 4 at No. 25 Kentucky W 75–63  19–2
(9–1)
Memorial Coliseum (5,533)
Lexington, KY
02/05/2017
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 4 at Arkansas W 79–49  20–2
(10–1)
Bud Walton Arena (1,650)
Fayetteville, AR
02/09/2017
7:00 PM
No. 6 Auburn W 60–41  21–2
(11–1)
Colonial Life Arena (13,360)
Columbia, SC
02/13/2017*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 at No. 1 Connecticut L 55–66  21–3
Gampel Pavilion (10,167)
Storrs, CT
02/16/2017
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 6 Vanderbilt W 82–51  22–3
(12–1)
Colonial Life Arena (13,089)
Columbia, SC
02/19/2017
3:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 6 at Missouri L 60–62  22–4
(12–2)
Mizzou Arena (5,789)
Columbia, MO
02/23/2017
9:00 PM, SECN
No. 7 at Texas A&M W 80–64  23–4
(13–2)
Reed Arena (6,402)
College Station, TX
02/26/2017
2:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 7 No. 22 Kentucky W 95–87  24–4
(14–2)
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
SEC Women's Tournament
03/03/2017
12:00 PM, SECN
(1) No. 5 vs. (8) Georgia
Quarterfinals
W 72–48  25–4
Bon Secours Wellness Arena 
Greenville, SC
03/04/2017
5:00 PM, ESPNU
(1) No. 5 vs. (4) No. 20 Kentucky
Semifinals
W 89–77  26–4
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (7,554)
Greenville, SC
03/05/2017
2:30 PM, ESPN
(1) No. 5 vs. (2) No. 6 Mississippi State
Championship Game
W 59–49  27–4
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (7,715)
Greenville, SC
NCAA Women's Tournament
03/17/2017*
5:00 PM, ESPN2
(1 S) No. 3 (16 S) UNC Asheville
First Round
W 90–40  28–4
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
03/19/2017*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(1 S) No. 3 (8 S) Arizona State
Second Round
W 71–68  29–4
Colonial Life Arena (8,276)
Columbia, SC
03/25/2017*
4:00 PM, ESPN
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (12 S) Quinnipiac
Sweet Sixteen
W 100–58  30–4
Stockton Arena 
Stockton, CA
03/27/2017*
9:00 PM, ESPN
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (3 S) No. 10 Florida State
Elite Eight
W 71–64  31–4
Stockton Arena (3,134)
Stockton, CA
03/31/2017*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (2 L) No. 6 Stanford
Final Four
W 62–53  32–4
American Airlines Center 
Dallas, TX
04/02/2017*
6:00 PM, ESPN
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (2 O) No. 7 Mississippi State
Championship Game
W 67–55  33–4
American Airlines Center (19,229)
Dallas, TX
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=Stockton Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 4 4 3 3 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 6 6 7 5 4 3 N/A
Coaches 3 3 3 3 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 6 6 5 7 5 4 4 1

Team players drafted into the WNBA[edit]

Round Pick Player WNBA Club
1 2 Alaina Coates Chicago Sky
1 4 Allisha Gray Dallas Wings
1 10 Kaela Davis Dallas Wings

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