Women’s Basketball
13, 10 – Even playing half its games against top-15 teams, South Carolina is 13th in the nation in scoring def. (51.1) and 10th in FG% def. (.330).
21 – Senior forward Victaria Saxton has pulled down 21 offensive rebounds over the last three games, including a career-high eight vs. #2/2 Stanford.
50.4 – The Gamecock defense has held its last five opponents, including three top-15 teams, to 50.4 points per game. against top-15 teams.
The Mizzou Series
South Carolina leads the overall series 8-3, including a 7-3 mark since Missouri joined the SEC in the 2012-13 season. All three Tiger victories have come at Mizzou Arena.
The Gamecocks have won the last four meetings with Missouri dating back to the second half of the home-and-home series in the 2017-18 season.
In the most recent meeting, South Carolina rallied from a four-point first-quarter deficit and a halftime tie to claim a 77-62 win on Feb. 11, 2021, at home.  The Gamecocks found their offense in the second half, shooting 66.7 percent in the third quarter and 50.0 percent in the fourth.
Junior Aliyah Boston averages a double-double against Missouri with 10.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. Junior Zia Cooke leads the current Gamecock roster with 14.5 points per game against the Tigers.

Road Ready
The Gamecocks are 279-259 all-time in road games, including a 104-45 mark under head coach Dawn Staley.  Her .698 winning percentage on the road is the best in program history.
In SEC road games, Gamecocks are 71-32 (.689) during Staley’s tenure.

Schedule Strength
Having already played six games against teams in this week’s AP or USA Today/WBCA Coaches’ Poll, South Carolina and Stanford are tied for the most ranked games played this season.
South Carolina’s 13 scheduled games against teams in either the AP or USA Today/WBCA Poll this week are the most in the country.

SEC Stories
South Carolina has been a regular contender for SEC regular-season championships since claiming its first one in 2013-14. In the last eight seasons, the Gamecocks have won the league five times – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020 – and finished second in the other three seasons. They were picked by the league’s coaches to add another title this season.
The Gamecocks are the only program with two 16-0 SEC seasons – 2016, 2020.
After struggling through its first 17 seasons in the powerful league, South Carolina turned a corner with the arrival of Dawn Staley. Under her tutelage, the Gamecocks are 152-54 (.738) in league play with the 152 wins accounting for 70.4 percent of the program’s 216 all-time SEC victories.

Diehard Defenders
Throughout Dawn Staley‘s coaching career, defense has been a constant strength, and this season’s team may be her best defensive unit yet.
Yielding just 51.1 points per game, South Carolina is 13th in the nation in scoring defense. Through 12 games, only two teams have scored more than 60 points – #9/9 Oregon (63, Nov. 21) and #2/2 Stanford (61, Dec. 21) – and none have reached 65. Allowing opponents to shoot just 33.0 percent from the field, the Gamecocks are 10th in the nation.
Against ranked opponents, the defense has held its six opponents to 57.2 points per game..

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