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Women's pregame: USC vs. UNC

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Myrtle Beach

TV: None

RADIO: WISW, 1320AM

RECORDS: USC 6-3, North Carolina 8-1

COACHES: Dawn Staley (16-21 in two seasons at USC, 188-101 in nine seasons). Sylvia Hatchell (548-23 in 24 seasons at UNC, 820-283 in 35 seasons)

TICKETS: Available at box office

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

South Carolina is riding a four-game winning streak for the first time under Dawn Staley, but the Tar Heels bring a No. 9 national ranking. The Gamecocks have already faced No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 15 Oklahoma. so they will know what to expect. Turnovers will be a key. If USC can keep the number around 15, they could be in this game in the final minutes.

STARTING LINEUPS:

GAMECOCKS:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jewel May 1.9

C 6-5 Kelsey Bone 15.0

G 5-4 Samone Kennedy 8.0

G 5-9 La'Keisha Sutton 10.9

G 5-5 Valerie Nainima 17.7

TAR HEELS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-5 Chay Shegog 8.4

C 6-6 Waltiea Rolle 6.8

G 5-10 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt 9.1

G 5-8 Italee Lucas 16.0

G 5-6 Cetera DeGraffenreid 15.3

BOTTOM LINE:

North Carolina comes in with eight freshmen and sophomores out of the 13 healthy bodies, so the experience on the two sides is about even. USC is probably not ready to overtake the Tar Heels just yet - but expect them to keep it close.

- Chris Dearing

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