Start time: 7pm
TV: SEC Network (Sam Gore, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen)
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com
Radio: 1320 AM/107.5 The Game after 8pm (Brad Muller)
Live Audio: Gamecock IMG Sports Network
After handing #4 Mississippi State their first loss of the season, the Gamecocks are looking to avoid a letdown against Georgia as the two teams face off for the second time in two weeks. The Dawgs, after back-to-back SEC wins against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt, have found themselves in a three-game losing streak which began with a 66-63 loss to Carolina in Columbia a couple of Thursdays ago. A key note to remember from that game: A’ja Wilson wasn’t playing due to an ankle sprain. South Carolina is hoping that with their junior leader back on the court and by all accounts being almost fully healthy, they have a much easier time with Georgia at Stegeman Coliseum than they did at Colonial Life Arena.
Pachis Roberts leads the way for the Dawgs with an average of 14.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. In the game at Columba, she ended a little above her average with 17 point and eight rebounds. Caliya Robinson (14 points in the last matchup) is good for 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.
Without Wilson’s services in the two teams’ first matchup this season, Bianca Cuevas-Moore rose to the occasion. The junior scored a career-high 25 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor and 2-5 from three-point land. Allisha Gray added 14 and Alaina Coates added 12, but it was a strong performance off of the bench by Tyasha Harris that slipped under the radar a little. The freshman from just outside of Indianapolis showed a little of the attributes that made her a top 30 recruit nationally by sinking a career-best 11 points on 3-8 shooting, with all three of her buckets coming from beyond the arc.
Wilson’s presence should make things a little easier for the Gamecocks this time around, but Georgia will certainly be looking to replicate the same gameplan they used two weeks ago in an attempt to pull off the upset they couldn’t complete the last time out.