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Women's pregame: USC vs. Kentucky

WHEN: 3 p.m. today

WHERE: Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Ky.

TV: FSC, Time Warner Cable Channel 31

RADIO: WISW, 1320AM

RECORDS: USC 13-12, 6-7, Kentucky 22-4, 10-3

COACHES: Dawn Staley (23-30 in two seasons at USC, 195-110 in nine seasons). Matthew Mitchell (55-36 in three seasons at Kentucky, 85-65 in five seasons)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

South Carolina has had a week off to recover from disappointing home losses to Mississippi State and Arkansas. The Gamecocks need wins to remain in contention for a WNIT bid. Kelsey Bone scored 23 points to lead five players in double figures in the Gamecocks' victory over Kentucky on Jan. 14, but the Wildcats have won nine of 10 since. Kentucky's Victoria Dunlap is a candidate for SEC Player of Year.

STARTING LINEUPS

GAMECOCKS:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jewel May 2.0

C 6-5 Kelsey Bone 14.1

G 5-4 Samone Kennedy 5.1

G 5-9 La'Keisha Sutton 10.8

G 5-5 Valerie Nainima 17.5

WILDCATS

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Lydia Watkins 6.8

F 6-1 Victoria Dunlap 17.6

G 5-9 A'dia Mathies 12.8

G 5-6 Amber Smith 9.5

G 5-11 Amani Franklin 8.0

BOTTOM LINE

After losing an 18-point advantage a week ago in the loss to Arkansas, USC must recover what led to road wins at Auburn and Georgia. The Wildcats will be looking for revenge for the 79-71 loss earlier this year and should take of business at home against a Gamecock team that is having trouble playing well for 40 minutes.

- Chris Dearing

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