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DAWN STALEY’S WOMEN’S HOOPS SQUAD EARNS TOP NATIONAL  RANKING  By FITSNEWS  ||  While the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team looks to get things on track this season, the school’s women’s squad has reached the top of the pyramid. Head coach Dawn Staley‘s Gamecocks are the No. 1 team…

DAWN STALEY’S WOMEN’S HOOPS SQUAD EARNS TOP NATIONAL  RANKING 

By FITSNEWS  ||  While the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team looks to get things on track this season, the school’s women’s squad has reached the top of the pyramid.

Head coach Dawn Staley‘s Gamecocks are the No. 1 team in America according to the latest Associated Press poll – the first time the program has ever achieved the top national ranking.

“I feel really good about what our team has been able to accomplish,” Staley said. “This is not a goal that we had set, but it is a part of our journey.”

South Carolina – coming off of a 29-5 season and SEC regular season championship – entered the 2014-15 season ranked No. 2 in the nation.  That matched the program’s previous best ranking – held for three weeks during the 1982-83 season.

Led by reigning SEC Player of the Year Tiffany Mitchell and reigning SEC Freshman of the Year Alaina Coates, Staley’s team is off to a 3-0 start this season.

After beginning her career at South Carolina with a 10-18 record during the 2008-09 season, Staley’s teams have gotten better each year.  In fact the Philadelphia native (and former WNBA star) has won at least 25 games in each of her past three seasons at South Carolina.

After winning three Olympic gold medals and making six WNBA All-Star squads, Staley started her coaching career at Temple in 2000.  In eight seasons, she posted a 172-80 mark – winning the Atlantic 10 tournament championship four times and making the NCAA tournament six times.

She’s currently 124-71 in her seventh season at South Carolina – where her team’s crowds have outdrawn the men’s basketball crowds in recent years (and with good reason).

Anyway, props to Staley and her team …

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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21 comments

Squishy123 November 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

And the program still continues to lose money… just like every other women’s basketball program from grade school to the WNBA.

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NCAA November 25, 2014 at 2:41 pm

We the NCAA in the name of fairness and laws require a lot of sports that lose money!

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carls jr November 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm

99-41. They didn’t show your orange women any mercy.

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Squishy123 November 25, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Not that I’m a Clemson fan, I didn’t even know the two teams already played. Had I known, I still wouldn’t have given a shit. Watching nappy headed shemales playing basketball, well that’s right up there with prostate exams when it comes to entertainment.

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D2 is lower than b squad November 26, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Too bad you are jealous everyone one of those girls are still better at basketball than you were D2!

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Squishy123 November 26, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Okay, I guess that’s why I got my degree in a useful subject and didn’t put all my eggs into one basket much like these “ladies” do. I did go to school for free, so I guess that’s something positive out of it. When I hear “student loan”… sorry, I don’t understand what you’re talking about.

Sure November 26, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Keep telling yourself that if you have too. Also d2 schools don’t give free full rides and you know it

Squishy123 November 26, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Is that so? This is the first I’m hearing about this, things must have changed since the 1980’s. Our student manager got half-scholarships… tuition waived for the Spring semester. Do you have any proof of this, or are you just spouting off ignorance like usual?

So what you’re saying is that D-II sports are like D-I baseball scholarships?

willblogformoney November 26, 2014 at 10:21 pm

No loans huh? So I guess your the idiot son of wealthy parents.

Squishy123 November 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm

You’re a little slow aren’t you. No, just went to school on a full athletic scholarship.

Squishy is my bitch November 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Squishy is a little bitch who thinks sitting the bench playing b squad junior high ball and then getting a GED is a free ride. This so called “job” he claims to have seems to have no set hours as he is on line here all day everyday so we know he doesn’t work. He couldn’t have played basketball either as he is too much of a racist to play with the “black folk”. Don’t know how classy a guy he is? Go read some of his posts on Ferguson here. He is a real class act. Probably why his in the dirt pecker loving mother us. Prove me wrong squishy try to, I dare you.

Squishy123 November 27, 2014 at 10:22 pm

You dare me what? You sound like you’ve had a little too much to drink.

squishy is everyones bitch November 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I just dare you to prove you aren’t a pussy. You talk a big game like you did this and you got a free that but we all know you and know you are full of shit. Everyone thinks you are a little bitch, so prove us wrong. (plus that whore of a mother of yours is dead because of you.)

Squishy123 November 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm

That second sentence has me scratching my head, is that supposed to be English?

squishy is everyones bitch November 28, 2014 at 7:52 pm

While resorting to “grammar police” tactics is the last act of a desperate man, I will cut you some slack seeing as your mommy isn’t here to explain it to you, but it does help prove you to be a bitch.

Squishy123 November 28, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Ha, like you have any basis for your stupidity. As before, your vulgarity bores me. Where does bringing in other family members reside in the acts of desperation? I’m closing my responses in this article, you’ll have track me down in the next one and see if I bother to respond to your broken record responses.

squishy is everyones bitch November 29, 2014 at 9:02 am

You’ve said that before yet you keep responding. I own you little bitch!! I guess the truth really hurts.

Squishy123 November 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

“Hey, where da white women at?”
——— Bart (Blazing Saddles)

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Listen to this bitch November 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

The only good white ones go to UConn, the rest suck ass at basketball. Now go and have your quarterly prostate exam.

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Squishy123 November 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I’m waiting for the home exam kit to arrive.

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Beartrkkr November 27, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Ironically, the NCAA allows 15 women’s BB scholarships and only 13 in men’s. However, the number of truly talented women BB players comes no where close to the number of schollys available (or those in the men’s game). Thus you get a handful of really good teams over the years (such as Tenn and UConn) and a bunch of mediocre and really bad teams. SC has gotten a number of really good players the last couple of years under Staley and now you are seeing the results. As long as a small number of schools can stockpile the few really good players, you will continue to see these lopsided games.

Oh, and women can’t jump. That is all.

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