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Nov. 25, 2014

With their first game in the Junkanoo Jam two days away, the Gamecocks had a good practice Tuesday morning then took some time to play off the court. One thing was certain – this group’s athleticism and daring know no bounds!

Jet skis were the popular choice early and Myrtle Beach’s finest Khadijah Sessions and India Farmer teamed up to be the first ones in the water.

With four jet skis in the water, another big group went out on the banana boat …note their happy faces on the way out!

Tina Roy and Asia Dozier took some time to enjoy the beach and sun before joining in the water sports.

The banana boat riders returned with tales of a “terrifying” ride and “near-death” experiences for Olivia Gaines and Bianca Cuevas, but they triumphed over their fears to smile about it in a “survivors” photo.

Waiting for teammates to get back with the jet skis for another turn sometimes required patience.

8343980.jpegThe “bigs” didn’t let the waiting get them down, though.

8343986.jpegTiffany Mitchell used the time to prove that persistence pays, fighting rough surf and a stiff wind to get up on the paddle board.

8343979.jpegOnly to be outdone by India Farmer, who got up with little assistance or fanfare – her North Myrtle Beach background clearly an advantage.

After her harrowing banana boat experience, Olivia was convinced to get back in the water after learning that Coach Staley said she would do it if “O” did. The senior would only trust Junkanoo Jam staff member Heather, who helped her out of the water after the banana boat spill, to drive her though.

True to her word, Coach Staley sped off with another staff member to enjoy the ride across the ocean.

It was a great afternoon for everyone, but it was back to the hotel for study hall before dinner.

The Gamecocks will practice again on Wednesday to finalize preparations for Thursday’s game. Tipoff is slated for 4:15 p.m. (ET) with a live video stream at