Top of the Key: WBB vs. Auburn

The women’s basketball team hosts Auburn today at Colonial Life Arena at 3 p.m. You can listen live on 1320 AM (Columbia) or on GamecocksOnline.com. Tickets are still available – visit GamecocksOnline.com or stop by the Colonial Life Arena box office. Single game tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for youth.If you have a ticket from the men’s game last night, you can get in free to this afternoon’s game.

South Carolina (9-7, 2-2) Notes

  • Five Gamecocks have scored in double figures in the team’s last two games.
  • A win today would be the program’s 600th all-time.
  • South Carolina’s RPI is 32 – good for 4th best in the league.
  • The Gamecocks are shooting a league best 46.5% from behind the arc in the team’s first four league games.
  • South Carolina has reached the 70-point mark five times this season and is 6-2 in those games. In the Dawn Staley era, the Gamecocks are 10-3 when they score 70 or more.
  • Junior guard Valerie Nainima averages 18.7 ppg and ranks No. 33 in the nation in scoring average. She has reached double figures in every game this season.
  • Freshman Kelsey Bone averages 14.4 ppg and an SEC-best 9.9 rebounds per game. She was just a rebound shy of her sixth double-double of the season in the team’s last game against Kentucky.

Auburn (11-6, 2-2) Notes

  • Auburn leads the all-time series 19-12, but is 7-7 in games played in Columbia.
  • The Tigers are led in scoring by Alli Smalley (15.1 ppg) and KeKe Carrier (14.8 ppg).
  • South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley played for Auburn head coach Nell Fortner in the 2000 Olympics with current Gamecock assistant Nikki McCray. McCray also played later in the WNBA for Fortner. Gameocck assistant Carla McGhee played on the ’96 US Olympic team – a team which Fortner was an assistant. McGhee also worked as an assistant at Auburn for two seasons with Fortner.
  • Auburn is on a two-game win streak in the league – defeating No. 11 LSU in OT 64-62 and beating Alabama 74-62.
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