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SEC coaches pick South Carolina women's basketball to finish on top again; Tiffany Mitchell named player of the year

No surprise.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The South Carolina women's basketball team had a historic season last year, and this year, they're being mentioned as a team that could be the last one standing when it's all said and done.

An 88-16 mark since 2012 and an appearance in the Women's Final Four will do that to you.

So it should come as no surprise as the Gamecocks were selected to finish atop the SEC by the league's coaches for the second straight year. Tiffany Mitchell was also named the league's preseason player of the year, while Alaina Coates joined her on the all-conference first team.

The Gamecocks finished 34-3 last year en route to a national semifinal loss to Notre Dame, their most wins in program history. They return the bulk of their squad but are set to graduate five seniors after this year, including Mitchell and Asia Dozier. Also being counted on to bring the offense alongside Mitchell (14.4 ppg) is A'ja Wilson, whose 13.1 ppg average as a freshman was second only to Mitchell on the team and was enough to land her on the All-SEC first team, to go along with her SEC Freshman of the Year honors and All-American honorable mention.

The Gamecocks open the season against #6 Ohio State on Friday night.