COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina women’s basketball won’t be down a second starter as it heads into the Sweet 16.
Coach Dawn Staley said Wednesday that junior guard Allisha Gray will play against Quinnipiac in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday as the Gamecocks play for a spot in the Elite 8. South Carolina already is without senior center Alaina Coates, who was ruled out for the postseason.
“She is going to go,” Staley said about Gray. “She’s not going to let this opportunity pass her by. It wasn’t her knee. That was the great news about it.”
Staley characterized the injury as “a little bad charley horse on her hamstring.” Gray is averaging 12.8 points per game this season.
Gray suffered the injury late in USC’s come-from-behind win against Arizona State on Sunday, leaving doubts that would be ready to play come Friday. But Gray was running around, shooting and taking part in practice Wednesday, with the Gamecocks slated to leave later for California later in the day.
“We are just telling her to keep positive,” junior forward A’ja Wilson said. “Allisha is a person who is really down on herself right now because that’s how anyone is with an injury. We are telling her to keep positive and keep her head up and take it day to day.”