South Carolina women’s basketball is chasing its second Final Four berth in the past three years, getting rolling in the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon.
The Gamecocks are a No. 1 seed for the fourth straight season, being placed in the Stockton regional much to the displeasure of coach Dawn Staley.
South Carolina is down senior center Alaina Coates for the entire tournament as she suffered an ankle injury late in the season. This will leave the Gamecocks without a key player for the Gamecocks as they chase big dreams.
What time is the South Carolina vs. UNC-Asheville game?
Time: Approximately 5 p.m. ET
Date: Friday, March 17
Location: Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.
What TV channel is showing the South Carolina-UNC Asheville game?
ESPN2 will air the game. You can listen on 107.5 FM in Columbia.
Who is calling the game for ESPN2?
Dave Pasch is on play-by-play, with LaChina Robinson as the analyst.
What they are saying
Junior forward A’ja Wilson on being without Coates: “I think making it to the Final Four, with or without Alaina, is a tough road to go through. I remember my freshman year, it was not easy to get there, because it’s March Madness. You never know. It is tough when you have a big part of your program not able to participate in the way that she can. But we just have to fight through. Some things have changed, but at the same time our goal has not changed, and our mindset has not changed. So, I think as long as those things don’t change, we just have to push through.”
Junior guard Kaela Davis on playing UNC Asheville: “They play hard, they are caught in a similar situation as we are in that they lost some starters due to injury, but they were the 7 seed in their tournament and beat the No. 1 seed in their conference to win the championship, so they have a ton of confidence. They’re just a team that plays really, really hard no matter who’s in front of them. They share the ball well, they work on finishing the ball well and they try to turn and pivot when they go to the rim. They’re scrappy players and smart players, so it’s just something we have to be ready for.”