The top team in the nation all season has also earned the top seed in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Despite not winning the SEC’s automatic bid, the South Carolina Gamecocks were awarded the #1-overall seed and top slot in the Greensboro Regional during the NCAA’s “Selection Show” on Sunday night. The Gamecocks (29-2) were rewarded for their SEC regular season title, along with their strength of schedule which featured wins over Connecticut, Stanford, Oregon, Duke, and NC State.
USC will host the first two rounds of the regional at Colonial Life Arena. The NCAA women’s tournament has expanded to sixty-eight teams, so the Gamecocks won’t know their Friday opponent until the play-in game matchup between Howard and Incarnate Word on Wednesday in Columbia. Miami and South Florida will play in the other “Round of 64” game on Friday with the winners meeting on Sunday for a berth in the “Sweet 16” in Greensboro.
Should the tournament seeds hold through the first three rounds, Carolina would meet #2-seed Iowa in the “Elite Eight”. That contest would feature USC’s Aliyah Boston and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark in a matchup of the two front-runners for “National Player of the Year”. Boston has recorded 24 consecutive double-doubles, while Clark leads the nation in scoring, averaging twenty-seven points per game.