South Carolina wasn’t as sharp as it normally is, but it also was playing a team that’s very good at what the Gamecocks aren’t good at – defending off the dribble and fighting past ball screens.
Dawn Staley will take it. USC won because it cut off two parts of Cal State Northridge’s three-headed monster.
The third, Janae Sharpe, kept the Matadors in the game almost single-handedly, but without the typical games from Ashlee Guay and Cinnamon Lister, the Gamecocks had more than enough talent to overcome.
That’s what it’s about this time of year – finding opponents’ weaknesses with often only a day or two of scouting. Obviously, USC had a week to scout CSUN, and did it well. Not finding out the next opponent until late Sunday night will test the Gamecocks’ coaches one more time.
But they’re used to being in this situation.
It’s the third straight year they have been. Staley said that the memory of last year’s early NCAA exit is fueling the commitment this year.
Late night on Tuesday against Oregon State. See you there.