Top of the Key: WBB vs. No. 5 Tennessee

The Gamecocks look to knock off fifth-ranked Tennessee this Sunday at Colonial Life Arena. Tipoff is set for 2 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.

South Carolina (11-9, 4-4) Notes

  • The Gamecocks had a 64-50 win over Ole Miss Thursday night, South Carolina shot 47.4 percent for the game, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
  • Facing a Rebel team fresh off a road win over No. 8 Georgia, South Carolina took a 7-6 lead three minutes into the game and never looked back. The Gamecocks would lead by as much as 20 points.
  • Valeria Nainima hit 5-of-9 from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 17 points. La’Keisha Sutton’s 13 points were just ahead of Charenee Stephens’ 12 and Kelsey Bone’s 11, who tied for team-high honors with six rebounds each.
  • Thursday’s win doubled South Carolina’s conference win total from last season.
  • South Carolina has stepped up its outside game since SEC play began and has three players among the league’s top 10 3-point percentage shooters in the conference play.

Tennessee (18-2, 6-1) Notes

  • Angie Bjorklund broke a shooting slump and scored 20 points as No. 5 Tennessee beat Auburn 85-56 on Thursday night.
  • Glory Johnson scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen added 17 points, and Alyssia Brewer had 11 points
  • Tennessee comes back home with three road wins in conference play already when last year they only had two all season long.
  • Fresh off its only SEC loss so far at Georgia last Thursday, Tennessee regrouped and pulled away down the stretch on the road against the Lady Tigers, who happened to be the coaches’ pick to finish second in the league.
  • The Lady Vols have played 101 ranked opponents while they were the nation’s number one ranked team.
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