2008 - 2009 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS WOMENS BASKETBALL
The University of South Carolina women's basketball team finished the 2007-2008 season with a 16-16 record; 4-10 in conference play. Unfortunately, the Lady Gamecocks ended up dead last in the SEC East.
This year, being in the SEC is tough of course. They will face defending National Champ Tennessee and Final Four finishers LSU. So, 2 of last year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament "Final Four."
It's on to March Madness for the Lady Gamecocks. They were selected for the WNIT Tournament. If you want tickets, go to 2008 March Madness Tickets.
The South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team has been playing hard in the Colonial Center since their induction in the 70s. They have made eight NCAA tournament appearances and three wins at the Metro Conference Tournament.
The ladies of USC have been under the direction of head coach Susan Walvius since 1997, and have had moderate success under the coach.
The Lady Gamecocks had a decent 2006-2007 season with a 19-15 record. They tied for fourth in the SEC-East and tied for sixth in the SEC overall. The team went to the SEC tournament where they beat Auburn before losing to Tennessee in the second round 81-63. The ladies also went to the WNIT making it to the third round before losing to Hofstra 64-59.
Freshman Ashlie Billingslea will have to sit out her first year at a Gamecock after suffering a knee injury during a pick-up game in the preseason. Billingslea was going to be able to start in some games as guard, and her injury may cause some problems for the team. Freshman Jordon Jones is expected to do well this season as shooting guard, especially for her reputation for accuracy in three point throws.
The Lady Gamecocks tend to focus on having a strong defense and that will likely not change this year. The ladies of USC have a strong recruiting class, but with the lack of experienced upperclassmen and several injuries, the South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball players may have a hard time excelling on the court. They placed decently in the SEC last year and should stay somewhere in the middle again this season. If they can overcome their obstacles and improve their defense the team should make an appearance in post-season tournaments.
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The USC staff will see a change this year as Ronald Hughey joins the team as the new assistant coach. Hughey is coming to the South Carolina Gamecocks womens basketball team after coaching at South Carolina State University for three years. He will be replacing Ken Griffin who left the team to take the recruiting coordinator position at the University of Charlotte. The Lady Gamecocks will kick off the 2007-2008 season on November 9 when they play Saint Francis at home.
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South Carolina Gamecocks Womens Basketball 2007-2008 Schedule
November 6 Lake Truck (Exh.) 7:00 p.m. Home
November 9 Saint Francis (PA) 5:30 p.m. Home
November 15 Virginia 7:00 p.m. Home
November 17 Buffalo 3:00 p.m. Home
November 20 Penn State 7:00 p.m. Home
November 23 Illinois7:30 p.m. Home
November 25 Florida Int'l. / Providence Noon/2 PM
December 1 UNC Wilmington 7:00 p.m. Home
December 4 Charleston Southern 7:00 p.m.
December 7 Jackson State 7:00 p.m. Home
December 17 Connecticut 7:00 p.m. Away
December 19 Alabama A&M 5:30 p.m. Home
December 22 Clemson 2:00 p.m. Away
December 30 Oklahoma 3:00 p.m. Away
January 3 UNC Asheville 7:00 p.m. Home
January 6 Savannah State 3:00 p.m. Home
January 10 Alabama 7:00 p.m. Away
January 20 Mississippi 3:00 p.m. Away
January 24 Kentucky 7:00 p.m. Home
January 27 Florida 3:00 p.m. Home
January 31 LSU 7:00 p.m. Away
February 3 Arkansas 3:00 p.m. Home
February 7 at Vanderbilt 8:00 p.m. Away
February 10 Mississippi 3:00 p.m. Home
February 17 Auburn 3:00 p.m. Away
February 21 Mississippi State 7:00 p.m. Home
February 24 Florida 1:00 p.m. Away
February 28 Georgia 7:00 p.m. Home
March 2 at Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 1:00 p.m. ET
South Carolina Gamecocks Womens Basketball 2007-2008 Roster
3 Lauren Falohun G 5'9" Freshman
4 Samone Kennedy G 5'4" Freshman
5 Ashlie Billingslea G 5'7" Freshman
10 C.J. Pace F 5'10" Junior
15 Ilona Burgrova C 6'6" Senior
20 Jasmie Payne G 6'1" Freshman
22 Courtney Newton G 5'10" Freshman
23 Brionna Dickerson G 5'9" Junior
24 Demetress Adams F 6'4" Junior
25 Ebony Jones G 5'6" Senior Aiken
33 Jordan Jones G 5'9" Freshman
41 Lakesha Tolliver F 6'3" Senior
52 Jewel May F 6'1" Freshman
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