The South Carolina women’s basketball team will go all out to defend its national title.
Gamecocks #1 Introductory Game Bringing back many of their best players, but they will face some of the best teams in college basketball this season.
Six USC opponents start the season in Top 25 Associated Press10 of them competed in the NCAA Championships last year.
South Carolina won all 14 of its games against seeded opponents last season.
Here are the Gamecocks’ toughest matches of 2022-23.
At No. 17 Maryland, November 11
South Carolina faces a familiar opponent early in the season.
The Gamecocks faced the Terrapins at home last year and won by seven points. In November, USC will head to College Park. This game is The first of the Home and Home series The teams agreed to play, with the next year’s match to be held in Colombia.
Maryland won 23-9 last season and narrowly lost to Stanford in the Sweet 16. The Terrapins finished 13-4 in the Big 10.
was the team Seventh place in the country with 78.8 points per gamebut USC held Maryland to 59 in last year’s game.
The November meeting will be the second game of the regular season for both teams.
At No. 2 Stanford, November 20
Gamecocks and Cardinals have become rivals of late.
South Carolina narrowly lost to Stanford in the Final Four 2021 after a pair of late-second errors. The team avenged that loss last season with a The return of 65-61 victory at home.
Stanford enters the year as the second best team in the country. Driven by the pre-season All-American Haley Jones. The Gamecocks have an all-American preseason at Aliyah Boston, scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds in last year’s game.
The team is led by Tara Vanderveer, the most winning coach in women’s college basketball history with three national titles to her name. She drove Stanford to a perfect 16-0 record in the Pac-12 last year.
The Cardinal reached the Final Four last season and lost to the UConn Huskies. The team won the national championship in 2021.
The house opposite the University of California, November 29
UCLA isn’t ranked in the top 25, but the Pac-12 opponent presents the Gamecocks’ toughest non-conference home challenge.
The Bruins were 18-13 and missed the NCAA Championship last season, but were a game away from the WNIT Championship, losing to South Dakota State.
UCLA has gone 26-5 and 17-6 in its previous two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20). Bruins are 228-121 under coach Cori Close.
The team brought back top scorer Charisma Osborne, who averaged 16.4 points per game last season. He also brings in Gina Conti, a Wake Forest carriage guard who can help lift the scoring.
Neutral vs No. 23 South Dakota, December 15
South Dakota wins the WNIT Last season he finished with a score of 29-9. The team finished 17-1 in the top tournament.
The Jackrabbits averaged 74.8 points per game last year, number 21 out of 348 teams in the Women’s Division I Basketball Association. He also ranked 13th in assists per game making with 17.4.
South Dakota had a win against it then – no. 15 UCLA last season, defeating the seeded teams Gonzaga, Iowa State, and Missouri State the previous year.
Head coach Aaron Johnston in his 23rd season with the Jackrabbits. He has won the Best Coach of the Conference award six times.
This game will be played in Sioux Falls, away from South Dakota State Stadium in Brookings.
At No. 6 Ocon, February 5
The February game will be the first between South Carolina and Yukon since the National Championships in April.
The Gamecocks beat the Huskies twice last season: in the national title match and in the regular season championship. The teams would have faced overtime, but the game was canceled so USC could do so Rescheduled SEC vs Ole Miss . match.
UConn has been hacked due to infections. The team lost star goalkeeper Paige Bueckers of the year to a ruptured ACL and new striker Ace Brady to a dislocated patella.
The Husky family still owns Izzy Fudd – one of last year’s Big East All-Freshman teams – among other players returning from last year.
Geno Auriemma led UConn to 11 national championships, most recently in 2016.
Home Opposite LSU No. 16, February 12
South Carolina’s one-on-one home game against the top 25 opponents comes pre-season against the Tigers.
LSU added a double double machine Angel Race through the transfer portal. Reese moved from Maryland, the team she played with when the Gamecocks defeated the Terrapins last season.
The Tigers went 13-3 in the SEC last year and finished the regular season in second place for South Carolina. LSU was 6-2 against seeded opponents last year. The team led by Kim Mulkey was also the most-scoring team in the conference with a score of 73.8 points per game.
USC won the meet last year in a close match in Baton Rouge. This match will probably be the most important game on the Gamecocks Arena.
At No. 5 TN, February 23
The Gamecocks are visiting Tennessee for the second-to-last game of the regular season.
The Lady Volunteers reached Sweet 16 in 2022 before losing to Louisville. They open the year as the nation’s fifth team.
Tennessee State finished third in the SEC last season with an 11-5 conference record.
Striker Rikia Jackson of Mississippi added. Jackson averaged 20.3 points per game last year, but Moved in the middle of the year. The team also returns Jordan Hurston, who was leading the team in scoring before suffering an elbow injury.
The Lady Volunteers last beat South Carolina in 2021 in Knoxville.
USC WBB 2022-23 Schedule
October 31: home vs. Benedict (Gallery), 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
November 7: Home opposite ETSU, 8:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
November 11: in Maryland, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
November 17: in Clemson, 7 p.m. (ACC Network)
November 20: At Stanford, 3 p.m. (ABC)
November 22: At Cal Poly, 8pm (TV/broadcast to be decided)
November 27: Home vs Hampton, Noon (SEC Network Plus)
November 29: Home opposite the University of California, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
December 3: Homeland vs. Memphis, 3 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
December 11: Homeland vs. Liberty, 2 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
December 15: in South Dakota, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
December 18: Homeland vs Charleston Southern, 2pm (SEC Network Plus)
December 21: Homeland vs Coastal Carolina, noon (SEC Network Plus)
December 29: Home opposite Texas A&M, 7 p.m. (SEC or ESPN2)
January 2: In Georgia, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
January 5: Homeland v Auburn, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
January 8: In Mississippi, 1 p.m. (SEC Network or ESPN2)
January 12: in Kentucky, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
January 15: Homeland vs. Missouri, 1 p.m. (SEC Network or ESPN2)
January 19: At Vanderbilt, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
January 22: Homeland vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m. (SEC or ESPN2)
January 29: In Alabama, 1 p.m. (SEC Network or ESPN2)
February 2: Homeland vs. Kentucky, 7 p.m. (SEC Network)
February 5: At UConn, at noon (Fox)
February 9: in Auburn, 8 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
February 12: Home vs. LSU, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)
February 16: Homeland v Florida, 7 p.m. (SEC Network Plus)
February 19: At Ole Miss, 4 p.m. (SEC Network)
February 23: In Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
February 26: Homeland vs. Georgia, noon (SEC Network or ESPN2)
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