When: Thursday, February 16th @ 7 p.m. EST
Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
How to watch: SEC Network (Paul Sunderland, play by play; Steffi Sorensen, analyst)
How to listen: 107.5 The Game
Coming off their toughest game of the season, the South Carolina women’s basketball team looks to rebound at home in their second-to-last home tilt of the regular season in their annual “Pink Out” game supporting breast cancer research and raising awareness against the disease.
Three point preview:
- Despite leading the overall series 21-13 against South Carolina, Vanderbilt is on a seven game skid against Dawn Staley’s squad in this divisional matchup. With that, the Gamecocks have won their last four against Vanderbilt at home by double digits, but this outing may be a little tougher for the Gamecocks coming off a loss against the dominate UConn Huskies on the road Monday night. While Dawn Staley’s group will have had some time to regroup and recover, they’ll have to re-focus on conference goals as they head into the final stretch of the regular season.
- This evening’s game should feature some intense competition down low as Alaina Coates and A’ja Wilson go up against ‘Dores big Marqu’es Webb. While Coates leads the SEC in overall rebounds per game, Webb isn’t too far behind, ranking in the top-five in the league. Coates and Wilson will have their hands full keeping Webb off of the offensive boards and will need to stay out of foul trouble while doing so.
- Vanderbilt’s conference play in the SEC this year has been one to forget thus far. Entering conference play 10-3 overall, the Commodores have sputtered and stalled throughout the conference schedule earning wins in only 2 out of 12 contests. Coming off a win against LSU, Vanderbilt faltered in their first seven conference games before finally finding a win against Alabama in late January. Thursday’s trip to Columbia will arguably be the toughest environment and road test they’ll face all year.