South Carolina clinched at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship with its 69-55 win over Florida on Sunday, coupled with Kentuckys defeat of Texas A&M. It is the first SEC title for the womens basketball program, and sixth conference championship overall.
Just elated. Just really happy, because its a milestone, coach Dawn Staley said. Youre always searching for that moment to happen. Its surreal. Its been a lot of losses, a lot of disappointment, but it is definitely one that brings us complete joy.
The No. 4 Gamecocks (25-2, 13-1 SEC) can finish no worse than 13-3 in the SEC, and the two other teams bidding for the title, Tennessee and Texas A&M, can finish no better than 13-3. If USC wins its final home game on Thursday against Georgia, the Gamecocks will clinch the title outright, claiming the No. 1 seed for the SEC tournament and rendering Sundays regular-season finale at Tennessee obsolete.
The second-largest womens basketball crowd in Colonial Life Arena history (10,547) was there on Sunday to watch USC beat Florida. Staley was hopeful for a bigger crowd on Thursday.
Were hopeful to do what weve done all season in Colonial Life Arena, which is win, Staley said.