Gamecocks Join Elite Company with Final AP No. 1 Ranking
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina women’s basketball retained its No. 1 ranking in the season’s final AP Poll released today, making it just the third program to go wire-to-wire at No. 1 in the poll in back-to-back seasons. The Gamecocks’ now 38-week streak in that position is the second longest in the history of the poll.
Over the last two seasons, South Carolina has posted a 67-2 record, including a 20-0 mark against ranked opponents. The 2022 NCAA National Champion Gamecocks were back-to-back SEC Regular-Season Champions with a combined 31-1 record and won the 2023 SEC Tournament title as well. They enter this year’s NCAA Tournament looking to become just the fourth program to win back-to-back national titles.
“We have the best player in college basketball in Aliyah Boston, and that puts our program in a position to be No. 1 in consecutive seasons,” South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley said.
South Carolina joins UConn and Louisiana Tech as the only programs to be ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll every week for two consecutive seasons. UConn holds the record for most consecutive No. 1 rankings in the poll at 51 (2008-11).
NCAA Tournament No. 1 overall seed South Carolina will be back in action on Fri., March 17, against Norfolk State in first-round tournament action. It will be the second game of the session at Colonial Life Arena, tipping off at approximately 2 p.m. on ESPN.
Stay tuned to GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for more information on the 2022-23 season.