Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley addressed the media, Thursday, alongside players Zia Cooke, Brea Beal and Victaria Saxton. Staley and her team are set to square off with Louisville in a Final Four matchup at 7 p.m., Friday. Louisville head coach Jeff Walz and players Hailey Van Lith, Kianna Smith and Mykasa Robinson addressed the media at a press conference later Thursday.
Staley fielded questions on how she readies her team for big games, the remarkable support shown by the South Carolina fanbase, and how the difficult schedule has prepared her team for their run to the Final Four. Louisville (29-4), the no. 1 seed out of the Wichita Region, presents a formidable challenge. The Cardinals have stormed into Minneapolis on the strength of double-digit victories over Tennessee in the Sweet Sixteen and Michigan in the Regional Final.