Top of the Key: WBB vs. Kentucky

The Gamecocks look to win their second straight SEC game when they host Kentucky Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena at 7 p.m. You can listen live on 1320 AM (in Columbia) or on Brad Muller and Marcy Girton will have the call.

South Carolina (8-7, 1-2) Notes

  • Five Gamecocks scored in double figures on Sunday in South Carolina’s win over Alabama. It was the first time five players had reached double digits in an SEC game since Feb. 12, 2004.
  • In the win over the Crimson Tide, the Gamecocks shot a Dawn Staley era-best 59.6 percent from the field and tied a season high of 19 assists.
  • South Carolina ranks near the top of the league in shooting percentage in conference games. The Gamecocks are 45% from the field (third-best in SEC) and 46% from behind the arc (second-best).
  • Freshman Kelsey Bone leads the SEC in rebounding with 10 boards per game (26th in the nation). She posted her fifth double-double of the season on Sunday with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Junior Valerie Nainima leads the team with 18.7 ppg – good for 3rd in the SEC and 28th in the nation.
  • The Gamecocks are 4-1 at home this season and 76-43 at Colonial Life Arena all-time.

Kentucky (13-2, 1-1) Notes

  • Kentucky leads the SEC in five different team categories: scoring offense (79.3 ppg), scoring margin (+24.7), three-point field goal defense (.257), steals (13.5), turnover margin (+10.5).
  • The Wildcats own a 26-16 margin in the all-time series between the teams, but trail 8-11 in games played in Columbia.
  • Kentucky ranks 10th nationally in scoring offense with 79.3 ppg. They are 12-0 when scoring over 60 points.
  • The Cats are No. 2 nationally in turnover margin (+10.5). Kentucky has forced at least 23 turnovers in their last 12 games.
  • Forward Victoria Dunlap leads the team in scoring with 18.1 ppg. She also averages 9.3 rebounds per game. Dunlap is first in the SEC and 2nd nationally with 4.1 steals per game.

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