Gamecocks Back at No. 1 in AP Poll
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After going wire-to-wire the last two seasons, South Carolina women’s basketball moved back into the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Poll this week. The Gamecocks’ 38-week streak in the top position was interrupted by a preseason No. 6 ranking, but this week’s return to No. 1 marks the program’s 64th appearance in the spot, which ranks fourth all-time in the history of the poll.
South Carolina burst into the 2023-24 season with a new starting five and a roster full of youth that proceeded to dominate a pair of top-15 opponents in the first week of the campaign. The Gamecocks made history in the season opener against #10/10 Notre Dame in the first NCAA women’s basketball regular-season game played in Paris, returning stateside with a 100-71 victory that immediately turned heads. Back at home in Colonial Life Arena, South Carolina’s dominance did not wane as the Gamecocks’ 114-76 win over #14/11 Maryland featured the program’s most points scored against a ranked opponent and the largest margin of victory against a ranked team.
The Gamecocks’ early success has been a collective effort with six players averaging double-figure points. The high-octane offense is second in the nation with 107.0 points per game on 53.1 percent field goal shooting, which ranks ninth in the nation. South Carolina’s 29.5 assists per game are second in the nation, and its 48.0 bench points per game rank fourth.
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