COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - For the 16th time in school history, South Carolina is headed to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Gamecocks (21-9) were chosen as a No. 4 seed in this year’s tournament in the Greensboro Regional. They will take on Belmont Bruins in first round action.
Because they are one of the top 16 teams in the tournament, South Carolina will have the opportunity to host the first and second rounds of the tournament. This year, however, Carolina will play their home games in Charlotte at Halton Arena. Even though they’re not in their home arena, the Gamecocks will depend on their energetic fan base to make the short drive north.
“All year long, our fans have done their job,” said Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley said. “They put us in a position to have a big crowd and create a home court advantage. They’ve done that and they’ll do that at UNC Charlotte. What we have to do is we have to match that. We have to match the output that our fans are putting into our players. Hopefully, with this week of practice that we’ve had, we’ll be able to do that.”
This will be the eighth consecutive appearance for the Gamecocks in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Last year, South Carolina reached the Elite Eight.
The Gamecocks hope to capture their second national title in three years.
USC will face Belmont at 1:45 p.m. on Friday.