COLUMBIA (WACH)- Dawn Staley and the Gamecocks begin the quest for their third straight 25-win season. USC began the 2013-14 year Tuesday afternoon with their first practice.
Despite only two starters returning and just one senior on the roster, the Gamecocks return over 60 percent of their scoring and rebounding.
"It helps that everybody besides the newcomers on our team have played," Staley said.
Junior forward Aleighsa Welch returns as the Gamecocks top scorer from last year and is ready to take on the leadership role.
"I think that's the biggest role that I need to embrace," Welch said. "I know what I can bring on the court, but I think I need to bring more off the court."
Staley says the work her and the coaching staff got in with the team over the summer will allow players to have some weekends off in the fall as they prepare for the season.