No. 21 USC women get crack at No. 1 Stanford
Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:16:41 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- South Carolina's Dawn Staley has led the 21st-ranked Gamecocks to several milestones in her five seasons as coach. She hopes to add another one to that portfolio against No. 1 Stanford.
South Carolina (10-0) has matched its best start in program history. It tries to end the team's 0-8 mark against top-ranked teams when the Cardinal (9-0) come to Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night.
"I think that it's great for our program. It's a good measuring stick for where we are," said Staley after Tuesday's practice. "I think we've had some pretty good success this year and we want to build on it and I think that we do that with the No. 1 team in here, the excitement of it."
Stanford has won the three previous matchups against South Carolina since Staley arrived, including a 76-60 win in the NCAA tournament's round of 16 last March.
The Gamecocks haven't faced a No. 1 team since December 2008 when top-ranked Connecticut pounded them 77-48 in Staley's first season.
A win on Wednesday would give Dawn Staley her 250th career victory and give South Carolina an 11-0 record, which would be the best start to a season in school history.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)