Aliyah Boston

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USC women’s basketball star Alijah Boston added another major award to her 2021-22 accomplishments this week when she was named the Roy Kramer SEC Female Athlete of the Year. The winner is determined by a vote of the league’s athletic directors. Boston is the third Gamecock women’s basketball player to claim the award in the last five years, joining Tyasha Harris (2020) and A’ja Wilson (2018).

Other honors garnered by Boston since leading the Gamecocks to the national championship include the Honda Cup for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, the National Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four and SEC player of the Year and Defensive Player of the year.

The rising senior averaged 16.8 points and 12 rebounds per game last season which included a run of 27 consecutive double-doubles.

The women’s team this week learned the breakdown for their SEC games this coming season. They will play home and away against Auburn, Georgia and Kentucky; home only against Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M and LSU; and road only against Ole Miss, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. The Gamecocks have won the SEC Regular Season Championship six of the last nine seasons.

Women’s tennis head coach Kevin Epley last week announced the hiring of Axel Damiens as the program’s new assistant coach. Damiens spent a semester as the assistant coach of the Penn women’s team in 2022. He helped the team to a 15-9 performance this season including a 5-2 record in the Ivy League.

Bobbie Piddock has been hired as assistant coach for western for the equestrian team. Piddock was most recently the assistant coach for western at UC Davis. In its 2021-22 season, she helped the Aggies to four wins. Piddock also served as a volunteer assistant with the Aggies in 2020-21.

The football team added another commitment last week in LB Jaden Robinson (6-1 215) of Lake City, FL. Robinson chose the Gamecocks over Kentucky, Maryland and Michigan. He made his official visit to USC the weekend of June 24th. Last season Robinson was in on 64 tackles with three tackles for loss and two sacks. He gives the Gamecocks 13 commitments for the 2023 class.

The Gamecocks are hoping #14 comes Monday afternoon when quarterback Dylan Lonergan of Snellville, GA makes his commitment announcement. Lonergan is choosing from USC, Alabama and Stanford. He’s also an elite baseball prospect and plans to play both sports in college.

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