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|South Carolina Gamecocks|
|University||University of South Carolina|
|All-time record||845–523 (.618)|
|Athletic director||Ray Tanner|
|Head coach||Dawn Staley (11th season)|
|Location||Columbia, South Carolina|
Colonial Life Arena |
Garnet and Black|
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2002, 2015, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1982, 1990, 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament second round|
|1982, 1988, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|AIAW Tournament Final Four|
|AIAW Tournament Elite Eight|
|AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|AIAW Tournament appearances|
|1978, 1979, 1980, 1981|
|Conference tournament champions|
Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989|
SEC: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
|Conference regular season champions|
Metro Conference: 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991|
SEC: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
The South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The program enjoyed 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. Under current head coach Dawn Staley, the Gamecocks have been one of the top programs in the country, winning the National Championship in 2017. Since the 2014–15 season, the Gamecocks have gone 129–16, been the annual national leader in attendance, won a National Title, won 3 SEC regular season championships, and have won a record 4 straight SEC Tournament Championships.
The first Gamecocks women's basketball team to compete at an intercollegiate level was in 1923 when they were called the Pullets.
The modern era of South Carolina women's basketball began when 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 during her four-year tenure.
During its eight seasons in the Metro Conference, the Lady Gamecocks won the regular season championship five times and the conference tournament three times.
When South Carolina joined the SEC, success was hard to come by during their first decade in one of the strongest conferences in women's basketball. They initially struggled to compete under head coaches Nancy Wilson and Susan Walvius. Walvius' teams in 2001–02 and 2002–03 broke through to finish 25–7 and 23–8, respectively, earning trips to the NCAA tournament and reaching the Elite Eight in 2002.
Walvius resigned after the 2007–08 season and Dawn Staley was named the new head coach of the team now known as simply, "Gamecocks" on May 7, 2008.
Under Coach Staley, the Gamecocks have improved or equaled their win total every season during her first seven years leading the program, culminating with a 34-3 record in 2014–15. That year they won the SEC Regular Season Championship, the SEC Tournament Championship and the NCAA East Region Championship. The season ended in the NCAA Final Four with a last second one-point loss to Notre Dame in the national semi-finals.
The following year, the Gamecocks went undefeated in conference play, only to be stymied in the Sweet 16 by Syracuse. In 2016–17, the Gamecocks garnered their third straight sweep of the SEC regular season and tournament titles en route to their second Final Four. They defeated conference rival Mississippi State in the national championship game to win their first-ever national title.
|2017–18 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team|
Conference tournament winners noted with # Source
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Pam Backhaus (Independent) (1974–1975)|
|1974–75||Pam Backhaus||18–12||–||AIAW Region II|
|Frankie Porter (Independent) (1975–1976)|
|Frankie Porter:||7–15 (.318)||–|
|Pam Backhaus (Independent) (1976–1977)|
|Pam Backhaus:||26–30 (.464)||–|
|Pam Parsons (Independent) (1977–1982)|
|1977–78||Pam Parsons||24–10||–||AIAW Region II|
|1978–79||Pam Parsons||27–10||–||AIAW Region II, NWIT Champions||15|
|1979–80||Pam Parsons||30–6||–||AIAW Third Place||4|
|1980–81||Pam Parsons||21–11||–||AIAW Region II|
|Pam Parsons:||109–37 (.747)||–|
|Terry Kelly (Independent, Metro) (1982–1985)|
|1982||Terry Kelly||16–8||–||NCAA Sixteen|
|Terry Kelly:||50–32 (.610)||7–3 (.700)|
|Nancy Wilson (Metro, SEC) (1984–1997)|
|1985–86||Nancy Wilson||19–11||9–1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1987–88||Nancy Wilson||23–11||10–2||1st||NCAA Second Round (Play-In)||24|
|1988–89||Nancy Wilson||23–7||10–2||1st||NCAA First Round||22||17|
|1989–90||Nancy Wilson||24–9||13–1||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||16||19|
|1990–91||Nancy Wilson||22–9||12–2||NCAA First Round|
|1991–92||Nancy Wilson||13–15||2–9||12th (SEC)|
|Nancy Wilson:||231–149 (.608)||83–69 (.546)|
|Susan Walvius (SEC) (1997–2008)|
|2001–02||Susan Walvius||25–7||10–4||T-2nd||NCAA Elite Eight||6||13|
|2002–03||Susan Walvius||23–8||9–5||T-5th||NCAA Second Round||18||16|
|2005–06||Susan Walvius||17–12||7–7||7th||WNIT First Round (Bye)|
|2006–07||Susan Walvius||18–15||6–8||T-7th||WNIT Sixteen|
|2007–08||Susan Walvius||16–16||4–10||T-9th||WNIT First Round (Play-In)|
|Susan Walvius:||165–160 (.508)||51–103 (.331)|
|Dawn Staley (SEC) (2008–present)|
|2010–11||Dawn Staley||18–15||8–8||T-5th||WNIT Second Round|
|2011–12||Dawn Staley||25–10||10–6||T-4th||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||21||25|
|2012–13||Dawn Staley||25–8||11–5||T-4th||NCAA Second Round||14||17|
|2013–14||Dawn Staley||29–5||14–2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||8||9|
|2014–15||Dawn Staley||34–3||15–1||1st||NCAA Final Four||3||4|
|2015–16||Dawn Staley||33–2||16–0||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen||3||5|
|2016–17||Dawn Staley||33–4||14–2||1st||NCAA Champions||1||1|
|2017–18||Dawn Staley||29–7||12–4||T-2nd||NCAA Elite Eight||6||7|
|Dawn Staley:||250–87 (.742)||109–49 (.690)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Shannon Johnson||1999 – Orlando||11||(1999–2009) Last with the Seattle Storm|
|Shaunzinski Gortman||2002 – 9th by Charlotte||5||(2002–2006) Last with the Seattle Storm|
|Jocelyn Penn||2003 – 9th by Charlotte||2||(2003–2004) Last with the San Antonio Stars|
|Tiffany Mitchell||2016 – 9th by Indiana||3||(2016–Present) Indiana Fever|
|Alaina Coates||2017 – 2nd by Chicago||2||(2017–Present) Chicago Sky|
|Allisha Gray||2017 – 4th by Dallas||2||(2017–Present) Dallas Wings, 2017 WNBA Rookie of the Year|
|Kaela Davis||2017 – 10th by Dallas||2||(2017–Present) Dallas Wings|
|A'ja Wilson||2018 – 1st by Las Vegas||1||(2018–Present) Las Vegas Aces|
South Carolina has retired two jersey numbers. 
Over the years, the Gamecocks have played in three different venues. At first games were played at the Blatt P.E. Center. Later games moved to the Carolina Coliseum, which saw the first sell out for a women's basketball game on January 17, 2002. That day, 12,168 fans turned out to see the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Tennessee Lady Vols.
On November 22, 2002, the Lady Gamecocks opened the newly constructed Colonial Center (later renamed the Colonial Life Arena). A near sell out crowd of 17,712 saw the Lady Gamecocks defeat the Clemson Lady Tigers. The first sell out with 18,000 in attendance occurred on February 8, 2016 against the University of Connecticut Huskies in a match up of the two top ranked teams in the country.
Top 10 crowds at Colonial Life Arena for Women's Basketball games:
|11-13-2015||16,815||Ohio State||W 88–80|
Starting with the 2013–14 season, the South Carolina Gamecocks became one of the national leaders in attendance for Women's Basketball. In 2014–15, the Gamecocks led the nation in attendance with 12,540 fans per game. They followed this up with an average attendance of 14,364 in 2015–16, a season where every home game had at least 10,000 fans in attendance.
Between losses to Texas A&M on February 10, 2013 and Connecticut on February 8th 2016, the Gamecocks won 45 consecutive games at home.