ATLANTA, GA (WIS) - The University of South Carolina women's basketball program is among four finalists for the third annual Russell Athletic "Together We R" Team Award, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced Monday.
In its third year, the "Together We R" Team Award honors programs that have strived to succeed in the face of adversity, overcoming extraordinary circumstances such as an unforeseen team crisis, barrier or unfortunate situation that caused extra stress. The team must exemplify strong commitment to core values of togetherness, courage, unparalleled work ethic and heart, and must personify the "Together We R" belief that teams are stronger than individuals.
The finalists - selected by a committee of WBCA past presidents - are USC, Colorado Christian University, the University of North Carolina and Purdue University.
The Gamecocks highlighted their support of assistant coach Nikki McCray and her battle against breast cancer. During the season, the team wore special shooting shirts and sold them to make money to make a contribution to South Carolina Oncology Association in McCray's name.
Each team submitted a video telling its story. The videos are posted on the WBCA's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/WBCABasketball.
"Although we have enjoyed a lot of successes on the court," said head coach Dawn Staley in the team's video. "Our greatest accomplishment is showing who we are off of it."
"We are strong, we are family and we are blessed to have gone through this season and battle together," said Staley.
Fans can vote by "liking" the video for the team they think is most deserving of the award. The fans' choice, determined by the video receiving the most "likes," will receive one additional vote when the selection committee chooses the winner. Voting ends at 5 p.m. ET Friday, March 14.