The South Carolina women’s basketball team’s 29-game schedule for 2012-13 was released Friday.
Under Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks are coming off last season’s NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and face a slate that features 16 regular-season home games and 10 games against teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Seven of those NCAA Tournament teams come to Colonial Life Arena, including six from the SEC.
“This is a schedule we know will be exciting for our fans and will challenge our team throughout the season,” Staley said in a news release. “With 10 NCAA Tournament teams from last year coming to Colonial Life Arena, there will be a high level of basketball for our fans to enjoy, and we’ll need their help to continue last year’s success this season.”
South Carolina opens the season with 13 non-conference games, including eight at Colonial Life Arena and three as part of the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. The home slate features visits from archrival Clemson (Sun., Nov. 18) and NCAA Final Four participant Stanford (Wed., Dec. 19).
The Gamecocks will also welcome back alumnus Karen Middleton and her Western Carolina Catamounts to Columbia (Sat., Dec. 29). Elon, Savannah State, Drexel, Furman and South Carolina State will pay a visit to Colonial Life Arena as well.