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Gamecocks not panicking after two straight losses

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When you're the reigning national champions and ranked seventh in the country, losing two straight games can feel like a huge blow to your season.

The South Carolina women's basketball team, however, isn't panicking after losing two straight to the nation's top two teams in UConn and Mississippi State. The team is just 4-5 against top 25 teams this season, including losing 4 of their last 5.

Head coach Dawn Staley said it's a good thing to keep playing top teams so the younger players can get more experience in a tournament-like atmosphere as "March Madness" approaches.

"We overcame the second quarter (against Mississippi State)," Staley said. "You're up five heading into the last quarter, you had to deal with the crowd, you had to deal with the atmosphere, you had to deal with foul trouble, and we were right there. You just can't have the lapses that we had."

With the loss to Mississippi State, it's almost impossible for South Carolina to win the SEC regular season title (a title they've held the past four years). They are 18-5 overall and 7-3 in the SEC.

They are set to play Alabama on the road on Thursday night at 7 pm ET.

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