Top of the Key: WBB vs. No. 18/19 LSU

The women’s basketball team travels to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers for the second time this season. You can listen live on 1320 AM (Columbia) or on Follow @GamecockWBB on Twitter for news and score updates.

South Carolina (10-7, 3-2) Notes

  • South Carolina never trailed against Auburn en route to a dominating   63-49 win at home last Sunday. This was the Gamecocks’ third-straight SEC victory, the first time they have put together three straight league wins since the 2005-06 season.
  • Valerie Nainima scored a game-high 20 points, and freshman all-star candidate Kelsey Bone added 15 points. The two have formed one of the SEC’s top scoring tandems as Nainima and Bone average 18.5 and 14.4 points per game, respectively.
  • Center Kelsey Bone earned her second SEC Freshman of the Week honor of the season after helping the Gamecocks to a pair of victories last week. Shooting 65.4 percent from the field, Bone averaged 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during the two-game week as South Carolina topped Kentucky and Auburn at Colonial Life Arena.
  • In SEC play only, South Carolina leads the league in 3-point percentage (.483) and ranks third in both field goal percentage (.461) and rebounding margin (+6.0)
  • In the Dawn Stanley era, the Gamecocks are 10-3 when scoring at least 70 points, incluing a 6-2 mark this season.

No. 18/19 LSU (13-3, 2-2) Notes

  • Wednesday’s matchup will be the second matchup of the season between South Carolina and LSU. LSU was a 70-58 winner in the SEC opener in Columbia on Jan. 3. Hightower scored 23 points to carry the Lady Tigers.
  • LSU has won 13 games in a row over South Carolina dating back to 1999. The Lady Tigers are 9-1 all-time in Baton Rouge and lead the entire series 19-3. The last time LSU lost to South Carolina was Feb. 26, 1998, at the SEC Tournament.
  • LaSondra Barett who averages 12.6 points per game overall, ranks second in scoring in league only games with a 12.5 point per game average, taking on a starring role in the SEC.
  • Barrett has combined for 70 points in her last five of halves of basketball dating back to the second half of the Arkansas game on Jan. 7. Senior guard Allison Hightower still leads the team in points at 16.1 per contest.

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