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Coates out of NCAA Tournament play due to injury

Alaina Coates

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – USC women’s head basketball coach Dawn Staley announced Tuesday that senior center Alaina Coates will not play in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

According to a release, Coates will not play as she continues her recovery from an ankle injury.

Coates ended her USC career as the program’s all-time, second-leading rebounder (1,230) and second in career double-doubles (57).

Coates is the program’s first four-time All-SEC selection, capturing first-team honors as a junior and senior after taking second-team recognition her first two seasons.

Coates was also the first Gamecock to earn SEC 6th Player of the Year honors as she combined that with the league’s Freshman of the Year award in 2014.

Coates is fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (.670), seventh in rebounds (10.7 rpg) and 17th in double-doubles (15). Her 12.9 points per game is 22nd in the SEC as she averaged a double-double overall, in SEC play (12.7 ppg/11.1 rpg) and against ranked opponents (11.8 ppg/11.4 rpg).

The Gamecocks open tournament play Friday as the No. 1 seed at 5 p.m. against UNC Ashville at Colonial Life Arena.

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