UNC Greensboro Spartans (1-0) vs. #2 South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0)
Saturday, November 15, 2015, 3 p.m. EST
Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, SC
Watch Online: SEC Network+/WatchESPN.com
Commentators: Derek Scott (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst)
All-Time Series: South Carolina leads 2-1
It was a good start to the 2015-16 season for the Gamecocks on Friday. They knocked down the #6 Ohio State Buckeyes, 88-80, behind a game-ending 10-2 run that spanned over three minutes (eight of those points by A'ja Wilson). They should have a little less of a challenge when they take on UNC Greensboro today in search for their 36th straight home win. Our comments section (below) is wide open for you to give your thoughts, but here's what you need to know going into the game.
Three Point Preview
1. Last year was a challenge for the Spartans: they struggled to a 6-24 record, including a fifteen-game losing streak at one point. One of their main struggles: defending the jumper - they allowed teams to shoot an average of 47% from the field. The Spartans do come in having won their first game, a 71-52 decision over Division II (soon to be Division III) Pfeiffer on Friday night.
2. The UNCG offense should run through senior guard Lucy Mason this season. Last year, she netted 15.3 points an outing, adding 3.5 assists. One area that might lack a little is rebounding, as Jarae Savage, who led the team with 6.6 a night, has graduated. Look for Shanese Harris (8.0 ppg last year) to take a greater role in the offense as well.
3. UNCG's fourth-year head coach, Wendy Palmer, is a 1996 graduate of Virginia, the same school Dawn Staley graduated from four years prior. While they never played together, they rank statistically as two of the greatest players in Cavaliers women's basketball history: Staley is #2 in total points (2135), while Palmer is in 4th with 1918. Staley (2nd, 16.3) and Palmer (6th, 15.2) both are in the program's top 10 in scoring average; however, Staley holds the edge in tournament success with three Women's Final Four appearances to Palmer's zero.