COLUMBIA (WACH) - South Carolina opens NCAA Tournament play against Big West Conference champion Cal State Northridge on Sunday.
The Gamecocks are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance and has been in the running for the last three seasons. This is the program's longest consecutive stretch since the four-year stint 1988 to 1991. The Gamecocks have won at least one game in the tournament in each of their last four appearances. The Gamecocks won their first SEC regular-season championship this season, adding women's basketball to the seven other program's to claim SEC titles since joining the league in 1991-92. It is the program's sixth regular-season conference title in women's basketball, but the first in the SEC. The Gamecocks exceeded all expectations with the title as the coaches predicted a fifth-place finish for them and the media rated them seventh in their preseason poll. The Gamecocks rank among the nation's most efficient offenses and stingiest defenses.
This season's No. 1 seed is the highest in school history. South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley has taken a team to the NCAA Tournament eight times, including three South Carolina teams. She is 5-8 as a head coach at the event.
Sunday's game will air on ESPN at 5:30PM.