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Talaysia Cooper

  • position Guard
  • height 6-0
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Turbeville, S.C.
  • High school East Clarendon
  • position Guard
  • height 6-0
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Turbeville, S.C.
  • High school East Clarendon

Talaysia Cooper Bio


At South Carolina
SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2023_

High School
McDonald’s All-America
SCBCA 1A State Player of the Year (2021, 2022)
SCBCA 2A State Player of the Year (2019)
South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year (2021)

Bio Information

Freshman Year (2022-23)

  • Helped team to program-record 36 wins, including perfect 16-0 slate in SEC action, seven wins over ranked opponents, an SEC Tournament title and a spot in the NCAA Final Four for the third-straight season
  • Part of team that set program records for points scored, rebounds and rebounding margin in addition to an NCAA record for blocked shots per game
  • Played in 24 games, including eight SEC games, two games of SEC Tournament and four NCAA Tournament outings, and scored in double figures twice
  • Made NCAA Tournament debut against Norfolk State (Mar. 17), grabbing two boards and an assist all in just three minutes of action
  • Tallied a new career-high 15 points against Texas A&M (Dec. 29), going on her own 6-0 run in less than a minute to end the first quarter … put down eight of the team’s 14 in the fourth
  • Strong on both sides of the ball vs. Charleston Southern (Dec. 18), putting up 12 of her 14 total points in the final period, going 3-of-3 at the line, and 4-of-5 from the field, including a 3 with under four minutes to go
  • Knocked down her third 3-pointer of the season against Liberty (Dec. 11) and added another bucket as part of the 11-4 run that gave the Gamecocks an eight-point lead to close out the first quarter
  • Had an excellent outing with extended minutes against Hampton (Nov. 27) with most efficient shooting of the season (4-of-7) to post season highs of nine points and seven rebounds
  • Continued to show good court vision with five assists at Cal Poly (Nov. 22)
  • Thrived in college debut with 20 minutes against East Tennessee State (Nov. 7) and a box score stuffing five points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals

High School

  • Ranked the No. 4 point guard and No. 18 player overall in the Class of 2022
  • Surpassed 3,000 points in her high school career
  • Three-time South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association (SCBCA) Player of the Year (2A in 2019, 1A in 2021 and 2022)
  • Earned McDonald’s All-America status as a senior behind 23.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game
  • Named Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year after a junior season that saw her average 23.7 points, 12.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists