Dawn Staley has made it clear that South Carolina is chasing history this season.
One piece of it could be finalized on Monday.
A shakeup in the Top 25 could elevate the No. 2 Gamecocks to their first No. 1 ranking in school history. The new Associated Press Top 25 will be released around noon on Monday. If the Gamecocks take care of business against San Diego State on Sunday, they could be rewarded with the top spot.
No. 6 Stanford knocked off top-ranked Connecticut this past Monday night, ending a 47-game winning streak. That was enough to push the Cardinal to No. 1 in the USA Today/coaches poll (which came out on Tuesday), Notre Dame to No. 2 and the Gamecocks down a spot to No. 3.
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But then Stanford was beaten in overtime by No. 10 Texas on Thursday. Stanford does not play the rest of this week, while UConn hosts Creighton.
USC, after blistering Clemson on Thursday, would be 3-0 if it can beat the Aztecs on Sunday. No. 3 Notre Dame could be 4-0 by beating Chattanooga on Friday and Holy Cross on Sunday.
The media voters in the AP poll will decide if USC will move up because it was No. 2 and No. 1 lost, or if the Gamecocks will be leapfrogged by other teams.