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      Gamecocks land on All-American list

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - South Carolina sophomore guard Tiffany Mitchell earned third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press on Wednesday.

      She is the first Gamecock to hold All-America status since 2003. Mitchell finished her sophomore season averaging 15.5 points, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She was 10th in the SEC in scoring, 11th in assists and seventh in steals. The SEC Player of the Year was the team??s top scorer 13 times and scored in double figures 31 times in 34 games.

      Junior forward Aleighsa Welch was also named honorable mention by the AP for her standout season as well. The pair helped the Gamecocks to the most productive regular season in school history and the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

      Welch averaged 13.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Welch became just the 11th Gamecock all-time to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in her career. She is the seventh of that group to do it in fewer than four seasons, only two of whom have played in the SEC era.

      Mitchell and Welch guided the Gamecocks to the program??s first SEC regular-season championship and first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed.