Gamecocks return victorious to cheering Columbia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - After a phenomenal season, the Gamecocks won out over UConn at the Final Four. The final score of the championship ended 49 to 64. A full breakdown of the game can be found here.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the Colonial Life Arena Monday afternoon to greet them at around 2:30 p.m. Members of the team and coach Dawn Staley spoke to the gathered crowd.
Staley praised UofSC and the fans for their support throughout the season, “You put energy into our players to play their very best each and every time they step on the floor.”
Plans are currently being worked on for a parade later in the week, details have yet to be released.
President Biden tweeted congratulations to the Gamecocks for their national title win.
Vice President Kamala Harris also joined in the celebrations Monday afternoon.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham extended his congratulations to the team over social media.
Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann sent his congratulations to the Gamecocks on their big win and suggested a parade in celebration.
Musician and Gamecock Darius Rucker tweeted several times about having a concert on the Horseshoe in celebration of the national title win.
The UofSC flag flew at the State House Monday in recognition of the Gamecock’s win. Gov. Henry McMaster tweeted a photo of the flag with the caption “Go Gamecocks!”.
CHAMPIONSHIP DAY: SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2022
Sunday’s game started with a strong performance for the Gamecocks. At the Half time they were up 35 to 27.
WIS News 10 was live in Minneapolis Sunday as the team set off from their hotel with fans cheering them on.
IT’S GAME DAY!!!— dawnstaley (@dawnstaley) April 3, 2022
After a dominating performance, the South Carolina Women’s Basketball team has made it to the national championship with a win over Louisville, 72-59. The Gamecocks will now face UConn for the national title.
On Saturday, WIS10 anchor Judi Gatson did a Facebook live giving a look at “Party on the Plaza” at the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
BEFORE THE SEMI FINALS, FRIDAY APRIL 1, 2022
On Friday WIS News 10 was at the scene as the Gamecocks left their hotel into the semi final game.
BREAKING: Aliyah Boston of South Carolina is The Associated Press women's basketball Player of the Year. 🏀— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) March 31, 2022
Read the story on the @GamecockWBB star: https://t.co/ap1dFEQsoS
See @aa_boston being surprised by her parents with the good news 👇 pic.twitter.com/ZPn4n5nxcE
THURSDAY MARCH 31, 2022
Thursday morning on March, 31, 2022 WIS News 10 live streamed from the tournament as preparations get underway. Judi Gatson and Rick Henry provided a behind the scenes look and talked about the team’s practice.
Good morning from the city of purple rain ☔️… we just popped into practice w/ @GamecockWBB …. Coach @dawnstaley sends her 🖤♥️ to all the FAMS‼️— Judi Gatson (@JudiGatson) March 31, 2022
Join me & @RickHenry10 for FB LIVE over on the #WIS10page. #NetWorth #WFinalFour #marchmadnesswbb https://t.co/toHlcFUMDV pic.twitter.com/XzCUxPnfOF
WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2022
Wednesday afternoon Dawn Staley was selected as the National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Staley was also named the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year.
𝐂𝐎𝐀𝐂𝐇 𝐎𝐅 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐘𝐄𝐀𝐑 🏆@GamecockWBB’s @dawnstaley has been named the 2022 @wernerladderco Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year!— The Naismith Trophy (@NaismithTrophy) March 30, 2022
Under Coach Staley, South Carolina has gone 33-2 this season and advanced to their fourth @WFinalFour in the past seven tournaments. pic.twitter.com/VvoyqCnANb
Aliyah Boston has been named the 2022 Naismith Women’s Defensive Player of the Year. Boston has averaged 8.3 defensive rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game this season.
On Wednesday the team let their fans know they arrived in Minneapolis and provided send off details.
TUESDAY MARCH, 29, 2022
The team posted Tuesday a change to their travel plans.
Our Rick Henry and Judi Gatson will start our coverage Thursday where they’ll be providing updates on the tournament both on air and on-line. The game is scheduled for Friday April 1, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Target Center.
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