Dawn Staley has been on the forefront of the social networking movement. So it was not surprising the USC coach's Twitter page was updated regularly throughout the Gamecocks' opener Monday at Charlotte.
A USC staffer, whose identity was a closely guarded secret, served as a "guest tweeter" from Halton Arena. During a sloppy first half for the Gamecocks, the mystery poster wrote that "13 turnovers does not make a happy coaching staff."
But the tweets were more enthusiastic as the Gamecocks overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win in overtime.
"What a game!" wrote the guest tweeter. "Gamecocks escape with 70-66 win!"
Newton out. USC guard Courtney Newton was held out as a precaution after she banged heads with a practice player last week. Newton, a redshirt sophomore from Flowery Branch, Ga., averaged 2.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 22 games last season.
Newton did not make the trip to Charlotte and is listed as day-to-day.
Up next: at Clemson, 7 p.m. Thursday.
- Joseph Person