Staley has No. 10 South Carolina off to fast start

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Dawn Staley likes No. 10 South Carolina's start to the year, with a few tweaks, believes the Gamecocks can continue the run into Southeastern Conference season.

South Carolina has opened 9-0 for a second straight season and is ranked its highest since 2002. While Staley's teams have long been built on pressure defense, the Gamecocks have shown such an ability to score that they are one of the Southeastern Conference's top offenses.

Tiffany Mitchell leads four players averaging double figures and South Carolina leads the league in field-goal shooting.

Staley's glad to see the points. She just wishes it was accompanied by the in-your-face defense she played during most of her Hall-of-Fame career.

The Gamecocks play No. 14 North Carolina on Wednesday night.