USC Women's Basketball

South Carolina climbs to No. 3 as eight future opponents join the AP poll

South Carolina women’s basketball is undefeated and on the move in the latest poll heading into Thanksgiving and a challenging tournament.

The Associated Press released its third edition of the women’s college basketball top 25 poll on Monday, and the Gamecocks (4-0) have jumped a spot from No. 4, where they spent the first two weeks of the season, to No. 3.

With three wins in the past week, including a road victory over No. 15 Maryland, USC unseated the former No. 3 Baylor after the Lady Bears fell to UCLA.

South Carolina still trails No. 2 Texas and No. 1 Connecticut, who received every first-place ballot for the third consecutive week. The Gamecocks will play the Huskies on Feb. 1, the highest rated matchup of the season if the current rankings hold.

In the near future, however, coach Dawn Staley’s squad will have its hands full with plenty of other ranked opponents. The Gamecocks play in the Gulf Coast Showcase this Thanksgiving weekend and will potentially meet No. 6 Notre Dame in the championship game of that tournament.

But before they do, the Gamecocks will have to play Rutgers, which is off to a 4-0 start and received votes in the latest poll. It is also possible that USC will face South Florida, which checks in at No. 17.

South Carolina’s last remaining nonconference ranked opponent is Duke, which fell from No. 11 to No. 16 after getting upset by Villanova.

In the SEC, the Gamecocks’ future opponents in the poll include No. 7 Mississippi State, No. 12 Tennessee, No. 19 Texas A&M, No. 22 Kentucky and No. 23 Missouri. Alabama and Florida also received votes.