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Women's pregame: USC vs. Vanderbilt

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Memorial Gymnasium, Nashville, Tenn.

TV: FSC, Time Warner Cable Channel 31

RADIO: WISW, 1320AM

RECORDS: USC 13-14 overall, 6-9 SEC; Vanderbilt 20-8, 9-6

COACHES: Dawn Staley (23-32 in two seasons at USC, 195-112 in nine seasons); Melanie Balcomb (192-69 in 8 seasons at Vanderbilt, 355-173 in 17 seasons)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

What type of energy will USC comes out with? The Gamecocks are in the midst of a season-high four-game losing streak. Dawn Staley sent La'Keisha Sutton to the locker room during the second half of the loss to Georgia on Thursday night and it will be curious to see how much - if any - the sophomore guard plays. The Gamecocks would like to get back to .500 before the SEC tournament. They need two wins to hold out hope for a WNIT berth. USC will be the eighth or ninth seed in the tournament. The Commodores do not have a starter taller than 6-1, so Kelsey Bone could be the key for USC.

STARTING LINEUPS

GAMECOCKS:

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Jewel May 1.9

C 6-5 Kelsey Bone 13.9

G 5-4 Samone Kennedy 5.1

G 5-9 La'Keisha Sutton 10.1

G 5-5 Valerie Nainima 17.0

COMMODORES

POS. HT. NAME PPG

F 6-1 Hannah Tuomi 9.6

G 5-8 Lauren Lueders 8.2

G 5-11 Jence Rhoads 13.8

G 5-6 Merideth Marsh 14.4

G 6-0 Elan Brown 5.1

BOTTOM LINE

The Gamecocks look fatigued down the stretch. The past two losses have been by a combined 37 points, so it is unlikely they reverse the trend against Vandy.

- Chris Dearing

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