The South Carolina women's basketball team was recently picked to finish first in the SEC by a panel of media members. If the Gamecocks are able to win the conference title it will be just the third time that a school has won three straight SEC crowns, as South Carolina was champion each of the past two seasons. Last year the team had it's best season in program history as they won a school-record 34 games as well as advancing to the school's first Final Four.
In addition to the team getting picked as the favorites, senior guard Tiffany Mitchell was awarded Preseason Player of the Year honors. Mitchell won the award in the past two seasons and last year became the first Gamecock to be a finalist for all three national player of the year awards in The Naismith Trophy, The Wooden Award, and The Wade Trophy. She also won the Dawn Staley Award (yes, it is named after our head coach) for being the best guard in the country and was a consensus first team All-American selection.
Also, don't forget junior Alaina Coates and sophomore A'ja Wilson, as well as Mitchell, all being named first team All-Conference giving South Carolina three out of the six spots.
I will admit in the past I haven't watched a lot of South Carolina women's basketball but after the run last year that looks to change in 2015. How could you not root for a Gamecock team that is among the best in the country?