WHO: South Carolina 4-0; Hampton 4-0
WHEN: 1:15 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: U.V.I. Sport and Fitness Center, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
RADIO: WISW 1320 AM
SERIES: First meeting
COACHES: Dawn Staley (71-58 in five seasons at USC, 243-138 in 13 seasons); David Six (75-24 in four seasons at Hampton and overall)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Gamecocks are down to nine healthy bodies for the foreseeable future. Freshman Tiffany Davis is out for the season after suffering a knee injury against Savannah State. ... This will be the first of three games at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. USC will face Florida Gulf Coast on Friday and DePaul on Saturday. ... This is the best start in Dawn Staley’s five seasons and best start for the program since 2002, when the Gamecocks won eight in a row. ... USC guard Tiffany Mitchell was named SEC Freshman of the Week by averaging 13.0 points and 6.3 rebounds last week. ... This is the third time South Carolina has participated in the Paradise Jam. ... Hampton owns victories over SEC foes Mississippi State and LSU. The Pirates are led by Keiara Avant, who is scoring 22.0 per game.