David Cloninger

Breaking down the Columbia Regional

Breaking down the four teams in the Columbia regional:

(1) SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS (31-1)

Bid: Automatic

League (record): SEC (16-0)

Coach (history): Dawn Staley (Virginia ’92; 186-75 USC, eighth year; 358-155 overall, 16th year; former coach at Temple)

NCAA tournament appearances (record): 13 (17-12)

Final Fours: One (2015)

National championships (years): None

Top scorers: F A’ja Wilson (16.4), Tiffany Mitchell (15.0)

Top rebounders: C Alaina Coates (10.1), F A’ja Wilson (8.7)

Top 3-point shooters: G Tina Roy (36.7 percent), G Tiffany Mitchell (35.2 percent)

Top disher: G Tiffany Mitchell (81 assists)

Top rejector: F A’ja Wilson (94 blocks)

(8) GEORGE WASHINGTON COLONIALS (26-6)

Bid: Automatic

League (record): Atlantic 10 (13-3)

Coach (history): Jonathan Tsipis (North Carolina ’96; 92-37 George Washington/overall, fourth year)

NCAA tournament appearances (record): 17 (18-16)

Final Fours: None

National championships (years): None

Top scorers: F Johnquel Jones (16.0), F Caira Washington (13.4)

Top rebounders: F Johnquel Jones (14.7), F Caira Washington (8.7)

Top 3-point shooters: G Mei-Lyn Bautista (39.7 percent), G Shannon Cranshaw (31.1 percent)

Top disher: G Lauren Chase (191 assists)

Top rejector: F Johnquel Jones (69 blocks)

All-time record against USC: Never played

Last played USC: Never played

Common opponents with USC (USC record against): None

(9) KANSAS STATE WILDCATS (18-12)

Bid: At-large

League (record): Big 12 (8-10)

Coach (history): Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89; 37-26 Kansas State, second year; 473-249 overall, 24th year; former coach at Missouri Western, Arkansas State, TCU)

NCAA tournament appearances (record): 14 (11-13)

Final Fours: None

National championships (years): None

Top scorers: C Breanna Lewis (16.7), G Kindred Wesemann (12.5)

Top rebounders: C Breanna Lewis (7.5), G Shaelyn Martin (6.8)

Top 3-point shooters: G Kindred Wesemann (40.4 percent), G Megan Deines (31.5 percent)

Top disher: G Shaelyn Martin (104 assists)

Top rejector: C Breanna Lewis (74 blocks)

All-time record against USC: 1-1

Last played USC: Nov. 29, 1981, at Manhattan, Kan. (USC 81-65)

Common opponents with USC (USC record against): Lost to Connecticut (USC 0-1)

(16) JACKSONVILLE DOLPHINS (22-10)

Bid: Automatic

League (record): Atlantic Sun (11-3)

Coach (history): Yolett McPhee-McCuin (Rhode Island ’04; 47-44 Jacksonville/overall, third year)

NCAA tournament appearances (record): One (0-0)

Final Fours: None

National championships (years): None

Top scorers: G Sherranda Reddick (12.4), F Briona Brown (11.7)

Top rebounders: F Kayla Gordon (7.9), F Briona Brown (6.7)

Top 3-point shooters: G Sherranda Reddick (36.2 percent), F Briona Brown (30.5 percent)

Top disher: G Brandi Buie (81 assists)

Top rejector: F Kimberly Dawkins (53 blocks)

All-time record against USC: 0-2

Last played USC: Dec. 30, 2008, at Columbia (USC 58-50)

Common opponents with USC (USC record against): None

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