Welch’s rebounds give Gamecocks winning pulse
Aleighsa Welch says rebounding isn’t about talent, it’s about heart. It’s like a fumble at the bottom of a football scrum – the player who wants it the most is usually the one who comes up with it.
On Sunday, her heart beat for the entire team.
The Gamecocks were afraid to challenge Tennessee’s forwards. The Vols would collapse on USC’s bigs and they either wouldn’t shoot, wouldn’t make it or pass the ball back out. USC’s an OK shooting team but wasn’t going to win because of it – especially not if the Vols’ offense kept relentlessly cutting to the basket.
Welch, as she wanted to do in that loss to Kentucky but couldn’t due to the stomach flu, said, “Enough.”
Her second-chance efforts kept the Gamecocks ahead. Her sacrifice to crunch into the Vols’ forwards inspired others to do the same.
“She comes into a tournament like this and gives it to us,” Staley said. “And we become SEC champions.”