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Women's pregame: USC vs. Mississippi State

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Colonial Life Arena

TV: None

RADIO: WISW, 1320AM

RECORDS: USC 13-10, 6-5 SEC; Mississippi State 15-9, 6-5

COACHES: Dawn Staley (23-28 in two seasons at USC, 195-108 in nine seasons). Sharon Fanning-Otis (248-195 in 14 seasons at Mississippi State, 571-421 in 34 seasons)

TICKETS: Available at Box Office

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

South Carolina has won three of four and is bunched in with the Bulldogs and four other teams for third place in the SEC. USC has to find a way to control Alexis Rack. The senior guard is second in the SEC in scoring, third in assists and fifth in steals. Valerie Nainima has found her shooting touch after a midseason slump.

STARTING LINEUPS

GAMECOCKS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jewel May 2.0

C 6-5 Kelsey Bone 14.5

G 5-4 Samone Kennedy 5.2

G 5-9 La'Keisha Sutton 11.0

G 5-5 Valerie Nainima 17.7

BULLDOGS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-3 Rima Kalonda 3.3

F 6-5 Chanel Mokango 10.5

G/F 5-11 Mary Kathryn Govero 11.4

G/F 5-9 Armelie Lumanu 12.7

G 5-7 Alexis Rack 19.2

BOTTOM LINE

South Carolina needs to maintain the defensive presence that has limited six of the past seven opponents to 60 for fewer points. Playing at home should provide a lift.

- Chris Dearing

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