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South Carolina Gamecocks

University University of South Carolina
Conference SEC
Location Columbia, SC|Columbia, South Carolina|SC
Head coach Dawn Staley (2nd year)
Arena Colonial Life Arena
(Capacity: 18,000)
Nickname Gamecocks
Colors Garnet and Black


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NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1980, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2002
Conference tournament champions
Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989
Conference regular season champions
Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991

The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference. The team enjoyed its greatest success under head coach Nancy Wilson during the 1980s in the Metro Conference when it won five regular season conference championships and three conference tournament championships. Since 2002, the team plays its home games at the Colonial Life Arena.


The first Gamecocks women's basketball team to compete at an intercollegiate level dates back to 1923 when they were called the Pullets. The first varsity team, known as the Carolina Chicks, took to the court in January 1974 under the guidance of Pam Backhaus. The inaugural team compiled a record of 15-7 and were the South Carolina AIAW Champions. In 1977, with Pam Parsons as the head coach the women's basketball team, they changed their nickname to the Lady Gamecocks and made post-season trips every year with her at the helm. However, Parsons was forced to resign when Sports Illustrated published a story, Stormy Weather at South Carolina, that accused Parson of having a sexual relationship with one of her players.[1] The program enjoyed its greatest run of success when it joined the Metro Conference in 1983. During its eight seasons in the league, the Lady Gamecocks won the regular season championship five times and the conference tournament three times.[2] Head Coach Susan Walvius resigned on April 14, 2008 and Dawn Staley was named the new head coach of the Lady Gamecocks on May 7.

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Retired jerseys[3]
No. Player Years
53 Sheila Foster 1978-1982
13 Martha Parker 1985-1989