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USC basketball loses Pennsylvania signee

The South Carolina women’s basketball team has lost its leading scorer and one of its top recruits in less than a week.

Five days after freshman guard Jordan Jones was granted her release to transfer, Gamecocks signee Becky Burke was released from her letter of intent Wednesday, USC first-year coach Dawn Staley announced.

Burke, a 5-foot-11 guard who was the Class 4A Player of the Year in Pennsylvania, averaged 25.7 points per game as a senior at Abington Heights High.

Burke and her family are out of the country this week. Attempts to reach Burke and Staley were unsuccessful.

Because USC released Burke from her letter of intent, she can enroll at another school and be eligible immediately. Burke was part of a five-player recruiting class signed by former coach Susan Walvius last fall that was ranked No. 7 nationally by Blue Star Basketball.

Burke’s departure leaves Staley with four available scholarships for the upcoming season. She could have another scholarship to give if signee Taylor Dalrymple, who is on the bubble academically, fails to qualify.

— Joseph Person

TENNIS

USC, Clemson players advance at NCAAs

At Tulsa, Okla., USC’s Gira Schofield defeated Washington State’s Ekaterina Burduli, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, to advance to the second round at the NCAA women’s tennis individual championships.

Schofield will next play Georgia Tech’s Amanda McDowell.

Clemson’s Ani Mijacika defeated Fresno State’s Anastasia Petukhova, 6-3, 6-1. She advances to play Virginia Commonwealth’s Tatsiana Uvarova.

Furman’s Laura Gioia lost to Sacramento State’s Katrina Zheltova, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

GOLF

USC, Furman teams halted on front nine

At Albuquerque, N.M., weather conditions suspended second-round play at the NCAA women's golf championships. USC and Furman were on the front nine when play was suspended. USC was 1-over for the day and 19-over for the tournament. Furman was 12-over for the day and 36-over for the tournament

— results in Scoreboard, C5

— From Staff Reports

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