Start time: 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN (Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson)
Live stream: WatchESPN
Radio: 107.5 the Game
After knocking off UNC Asheville, the South Carolina Gamecocks (28-4) take on the Arizona State Sun Devils (20-12) for a trip to the Sweet 16. It would be the fourth year in a row and the fifth time overall the Gamecocks advanced into the final 16 under Dawn Staley.
Carolina cruised past Asheville 90-40 in the first round. After the Bulldogs put up a fight in the first period, the Gamecocks dominated the contest the rest of the way, outscoring Asheville 67-35 in the final three periods. Allisha Gray (22), A’ja Wilson (18), Bianca Cuevas-Moore (18) and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan (14) all scored double figures in the win.
Tonight will be a tough test for the Gamecocks as they face off against one of the better defensive teams in the nation. Arizona State defeated Michigan State in the first round 73-61. They took a 58-35 lead into the final period, allowing them to rest players with only one starter playing 30 minutes. 6’4” center Quinn Dornstauder led the way for the Sun Devils with 16 points.
The Sun Devils sit 32nd in the nation for points allowed per game, giving up 57.4. That is only five spots behind the Gamecocks, giving up 56.4 points per game. They play their game in the post with both leading scorers doing most of their work inside. Forward Sophie Brunner leds the team averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Dornstauder is the only other player averaging double figures with 10.5 points per game. In the Sun Devil’s win over Kentucky earlier this season, Brunner scored 18 and Dornstauder scored 15 to win 73-71 in Lexington.
The winner of the matchup will take on the winner of (12) Quinnipiac and (4) Miami in the Sweet 16.