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Game preview: South Carolina women to honor A’ja Wilson, Lindsey Spann on Senior Night against LSU

Well, this should be emotional.

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 South Carolina (22-5, 11-3 SEC) vs. No. 24 LSU (18-7, 10-4 SEC)

Start time: 6:30 p.m.

TV: SEC Network

Live stream: watchespn.com

Live audio: 107.5 FM (Columbia)

Last game

The Gamecocks cruised past Kentucky, 81-63, to grab sole possession of second place in the SEC behind league leader Mississippi State. A’ja Wilson just missed another double-double, pouring in 29 points while collecting nine rebounds, and Bianca Jackson (12) and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (10) joined her in double figures. South Carolina dished out 21 assists on 26 field goals, and also posted a sparkling 23-of-25 performance from the free-throw line.

What to watch for

This is Senior Night for Lindsey Spann and A’ja Wilson, so it’s going to get emotional. Wilson is just seven points shy of reaching 1,000 in SEC regular-season games, and 20 points short of second place on South Carolina’s all-time scoring list. As for other school records, she’s the leader in career blocked shots, free throws made, free throws attempted, and is nationally the only player ranked in the top 30 in scoring, rebounding, and blocks per game.

Spann, a graduate transfer from Penn State, looked to be a big part of the Gamecocks’ lineup with her sharp shooting on the perimeter. But a knee injury derailed her season and eventually ended it. She averaged 10.3 points and shot from 45.2% from beyond the arc for South Carolina.

LSU, currently third in the SEC, is coming off a winning week with victories posted over Arkansas (62-57) and Ole Miss (84-55). Chloe Jackson leads the Tigers with 17.6 points per game, while Raigyne Louis (16.6 ppg, 94 assists this season) and Ayana Mitchell (10.1 ppg, eight rebounds per game) also anchor LSU.