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South Carolina men, women go for second wins of season

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The men take on Western Michigan in their home opener, while the women hit the road for a ranked showdown with Maryland.

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No. 4 South Carolina at No. 15 Maryland

Start time: 7 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com

Radio: 107.5 The Game (Columbia)

Live Audio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network

Last game

The Gamecocks overwhelmed Alabama State 99-31 in their home opener Friday, highlighted by SEC Preseason Player of the Year A’ja Wilson’s 16 points and 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes played. Sharpshooting guard Lindsey Spann added 16 points of her own, going 3-of-5 from behind the arc, and fellow guard Doniyah Cliney chipped in 15 points as well. But it was sophomore forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan who stole the show coming off the bench, going 7-of-10 from the field to lead all scorers with 18 points, grabbing a couple steals, and notching a couple blocks. Defensively, South Carolina forced 29 turnovers, tallied 10 blocks, and held the Lady Hornets to 20.4% shooting from the floor.

What to watch for

This is South Carolina’s first trip to College Park, where the Terrapins took apart Albany 91-58 on Friday. Guard Blair Watson led Maryland with 16 points, connecting on four 3-pointers, and forwards Stephanie Jones (11 points, 18 rebounds) and Brianna Fraser (14 points, 10 rebounds) notched double-doubles. The Terrapins’ hallmark is their rebounding, and cleaned the glass thoroughly against Albany with a 60-42 advantage. Maryland is the defending Big Ten regular-season and tournament champion, and reached the Sweet Sixteen in last season’s NCAA Tournament, although they return just two starters from that squad. Nonetheless, this will be an early road test for the Gamecocks, and the first of nine games against currently ranked opponents.


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South Carolina vs. Western Michigan

Start time: 7 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

Live Stream: WatchESPN.com

Last game

The Gamecocks opened the season in Spartanburg on Friday, invited by Wofford to a housewarming party for the Terriers’ new arena. South Carolina christened it with a 72-53 win and had four players reach double figures: Maik Kotsar (13), newcomer Frank Booker, who hit 3-of-5 from 3-point land (12), and freshmen Felipe Haase (10) and Justin Minaya (10). Veteran forward Chris Silva grabbed 10 rebounds and added a couple blocks. South Carolina forced 13 turnovers and held Wofford to 34.7% shooting from the field, also outrebounding the Terriers 40-28.

What to watch for

This is an unbracketed game in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Challenge, which was moved to Myrtle Beach after hurricane damage and will officially start on Thursday. Western Michigan blistered NAIA opponent Siena Heights 103-72 in its season opener, paced by Thomas Wilder with 16 points, Brandon Johnson (14) and Adida Ikongshul (12). The Broncos are the defending MAC West champions and were picked to win the MAC title this season, with Wilder chosen as an All-MAC preseason team honoree.