COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina and the North Carolina will meet for the second year in a row in the NCAA women's Sweet Sixteen.
"For us, I think we just need to be calculating in our approach to the game, which is run when we have the opportunity and when we don't, we've got to play half-court basketball and pound the ball inside," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said.
South Carolina lost to the Tar Heels but the opportunity to avenge that loss takes place Friday near UNC's backyard.
"I've been waiting for this game, waiting for revenge, just been -- the time is now," Guard Khadijah Session said. "Just ready for it. Just ready for me and my teammates to go out and prove what we should have proved last year."
Guard Aleighsa Welch said the team is better than they were last year.
"I think we're a more dynamic team," Welch said. "I think we are deeper than what we were last year. Everybody worked on things that they needed to work on. North Carolina, I think they are more of a fast-paced team than when we played them last year, and they have a different team from what we played last year, as well. I just think roster-wise and playing-wise, we're different, and both teams are different than what we were."
After that Syracuse game Sunday Welch said it was probably the most complete game USC's played all season.
North Carolina beat the Gamecocks twice last season including knocking them out in the Sweet Sixteen.