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Mitchell, her WNBA idol Staley lead Gamecocks to Final Four

By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Cheryl Mitchell wasn't sure what project her third grade daughter was working on when she asked to go to the store to pick up poster board. Tiffany Mitchell created a collage of WNBA star Dawn Staley - beginning a trek that's landed the South Carolina coach and Gamecocks standout in the school's first Final Four.

Mitchell's shown she's every bit as skilled as her idol.

She scored the go-ahead basket to beat North Carolina 67-65 in the Sweet 16, then followed that with seven straight points to put the Gamecocks ahead for good in an 80-74 victory over Florida State in the Elite Eight.

Now the AP All-American and the rest of Staley's Gamecocks (34-2) square off against Notre Dame (35-2) in the national semifinals Sunday night in Tampa, Florida.

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