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Dec. 17, 2002

The 18th-ranked South Carolina women’s basketball team wrap a two-game pre-Christmas home stand Wednesday night against the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette. Tipoff time is set for 7:00 p.m.

Tomorrow night is Toys for Tots night at the Carolina Center and every fan who donates a new, unwrapped toy will be admitted for only $2.

Tomorrow’s night game will mark the debut of new Gamecock post player Olga Gritsaeva from St. Petersburg, Russia. She will wear jersey numer 14.

On a 7-0 streak since opening the season on November 22nd with a victory over Clemson, USC already holds the best season opening record, under Head Coach Susan Walvius, and is working towards the South Carolina all-time record of 10 wins from the 1981-82 season.

South Carolina is led by senior Jocelyn Penn who earned SEC Player of the Week honors last week (12/9) after tying the USC scoring record of 50 points against Wofford. Penn averages 28.4 points per game to lead the nation and the SEC in scoring. She has four double-doubles already in six contests and is also averaging 8.9 boards and 4.7 steals per game.

The Naismith Candidate is now 13th on the USC all-time scoring list with 1,422 points and only needs 18 steals to break the all-time thefts mark at USC (298). She is already one of only six Gamecocks ever to score 1,000+ points, grab 500+ boards and make 200+ steals. Penn could soon be one of only four USC women to ever score 1,500+ points, grab 500+ boards and make 200+ steals.

Junior Cristina Ciocan is first in assists (7.0 per game) and second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg). Senior Petra Ujhelyi leads the team in rebounding with an average of 11.4 boards per game and paces the SEC in rebounding. The last Gamecock to average double-figure rebounds for an entire season was Marsha Williams from the 1992-93 season (10.7).

ULL enters tonight’s game with a 2-4 mark on the season with victories over Southwest Louisiana and Missouri. Off since December 12th, Louisiana-Lafayette is led by the trio of Charlotte Green, Sarah Richey and Sharee Glenn who are all averaging in double figures (14.2, 13.2, 11.3, respectively).