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March 21, 2007

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Women’s NIT Third Round

March 21, 2007

Colonial Center (Columbia, S.C.)

Post Game Notes

Final Score: Hofstra 64, South Carolina 59

Updated Records: South Carolina: 18-15 overall, Hofstra: 26-7 overall

What’s Next: Hofstra faces winner of Thursday’s Mississippi State at Western Kentucky game

Tolliver Sets New Single-Season Blocks Record

:: With a thunderous rejection of a Cigi McCollin jumper with 15:46 remaining in the first half, Lakesha Tolliver swatted her 59th shot of the year, establishing a new single-season school record. The previous record was 58 blocks, set by Teresa Geter in 2000-01. Tolliver finished the game with three blocks to up her season total to 60.

Team Sets New Single-Season Blocks Record

:: As a team, the Gamecocks blocked eight shots Wednesday night to bring their season total to 199. That total marks a new single-season school record for blocked shots, passing the existing record of 193 blocks set by last year’s team. In fact, the top three single-season team blocked shots totals in school history have come the last three seasons.

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:: Hofstra picked up its third win this year over power-conference opposition, as the Pride went to East Lansing to hand Michigan State a 57-53 defeat on Nov. 22 and is fresh off a 64-52 win over Seton Hall in the second round of the Women’s NIT.

:: The Gamecocks finish their season with an 18-15 record, marking the third-highest win total of the Susan Walvius era. Carolina compiled a 25-7 record in 2001-02 and a 23-8 record in 2002-03 under Walvius.

:: The Gamecocks finish their season with a 15-5 record at home, matching the single-season school record set by the Gamecocks of 1979-80 and matched by the Elite Eight team of 2001-02.

:: Hofstra became the first team not ranked in the top 12 nationally to beat the Gamecocks since a Jan. 21 loss at Mississippi State. Since that defeat in Starkville, the Gamecocks’ only losses came at No. 3 Tennessee, against No. 7 LSU, at No. 9 Georgia, at No. 12 Vanderbilt and against No. 2 Tennessee at the SEC Tournament.

Gamecocks Endure Long First-Half Drought

:: South Carolina was held scoreless for a span of 5 minutes and 34 seconds during the first half. Hofstra went on a 7-0 run during that span to take a 20-18 deficit and turn it into a 25-20 lead.

At The Half

:: Fueled by an outstanding defensive performance, Hofstra took a 27-23 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Pride limited the Gamecocks to 9-of-32 shooting from the field in the first half (.281 pct.) Carolina’s 23 points in the opening stanza marked the team’s lowest first-half total since scoring only 21 points in the opening stanza at Georgia on Feb. 11. Carolina’s first-half field goal percentage was its lowest since converting on only 10-of-37 from the field in the first half (.270 pct) against Kentucky on Jan. 28.

Tolliver Goes For Double Digits Again This Postseason

:: Lakesha Tolliver scored 10 points Wednesday, marking the third time in four postseason games this year that the junior from Columbia has scored in double figures.