Gamecocks in Awe of National Championship Rings
There have been many celebrations for the South Carolina women's basketball team since winning the 2017 women's basketball national championship.
They've held up the trophy, been the center of a parade, and have been honored at the South Carolina State House.
During halftime of the South Carolina-Vanderbilt football game, however, the Gamecocks got to experience one more first: seeing their national championship rings for the first time... and the moment lived up to the hype.
"I didn't want our players to see it prematurely," head coach Dawn Staley said. "I wanted them to experience it in this moment and I knew it wouldn't disappoint at all."
On the field at halftime, Final Four MVP A'ja Wilson joked that she didn't want to put it on because the moment felt so surreal.
"It was too good to be true," Wilson said. "I didn't know if I was dreaming... I didn't wanna put it on just yet. Putting it on, though, was amazing. It was just a great feeling."
Staley and Wilson also reiterated that seeing the rings for the first time gives them even more motivation to do it again for the new season as they're set to start their 2017-2018 campaign in just a couple of weeks.