Defending national champion and undefeated USC was the first name on the board as the field for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament was announced Sunday night. The Gamecocks are the overall #1 seed for the second straight season and will be making their 10th straight appearance in the tournament.
The Gamecocks were paired opposite Norfolk State of the MEAC. The other two teams coming to the Colonial Life Arena for Friday’s games will be #8 seed South Florida and #9 seed Marquette. The winners Friday will meet on Sunday for the right to advance to Greenville for the third and fourth rounds.
Virginia Tech, Indiana and Stanford are the other #1 seeds for the tournament.
This is the 19th all-time NCAA Tournament bid for the Gamecocks, who have won two National Championships (2017, 2022) and played in two other Final Fours in the last seven tournaments. South Carolina has played in a total of 12 Sweet 16s and advanced to the Elite Eight six times. The Gamecocks are 40-16 all-time in the event, including a 32-8 mark under head coach Dawn Staley.
This marks the Gamecocks’ seventh regional No. 1 seed all-time after earning the position in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022. South Carolina advanced to the Final Four as a No. 1 seed in 2015, 2017, 2021 and 2022.