SPORTS LIBRARY, South Carolina, USC, women's basketball

COLUMBIA – For the fourth straight time, Southeastern Conference coaches have predicted South Carolina to win the SEC regular-season championship.

The coaches tapped senior forward A’ja Wilson to three-peat as SEC Player of the Year as well as make her fourth appearance on the All-SEC First Team. Sophomore guard Tyasha Harris picked up Preseason All-SEC Second Team honors from the coaches as well.

The 2017 National Champion, South Carolina enters the 2017-18 season looking for its fifth straight SEC regular-season title. It would make the Gamecocks just the second program in league history to achieve the feat, joining Tennessee in that category after the Lady Vols picked up their fifth consecutive in 2002 en route to the league-record seven straight championships.

The Gamecocks return six letterwinners from last season’s team with Wilson and Harris the lone returning starters. Senior guard Bianca Cuevas-Moore is also back after providing an offensive spark and change of tempo off the bench in previous seasons. Junior Doniyah Cliney and graduate transfer Lindsey Spann will add to the offensive power of the backcourt as well. Sophomore forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan returns to a frontcourt also bolstered by the addition of Alexis Jennings, back on the court this season after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer rules, and freshmen Lele Grissett and LaDazhia Williams.

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Exhibition game

set for Friday

COLUMBIA — Reigning National Champion South Carolina hosts its lone exhibition of the 2017-18 season Friday night, welcoming Coker to Colonial Life Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

The Cobras are led by Gamecock great Shannon Johnson, who is one of four South Carolina players to have her jersey retired and was a 2004 Olympic teammate of Gamecock head coach Dawn Staley.

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Gamecocks will

raise banners

COLUMBIA -- South Carolina men’s and women’s basketball will unveil banners celebrating their 2017 NCAA Tournament successes at their first home games of the 2017-18 season.The national champion women will have the first unveiling prior to their season opener on Nov. 10 against Alabama State. The Gamecocks will highlight banners celebrating their national title as well as their fans’ third straight season leading the nation in attendance, and team members will also receive their SEC championship rings.

South Carolina men’s basketball will raise its 2017 NCAA Final Four banner prior to its home opener on Nov. 13, against Western Michigan to celebrate the program’s first-ever appearance in the national semifinals.

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