The USC women’s basketball team is in a familiar place this weekend, the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It’s the Gamecocks 7th straight trip to the Sweet 16. They got there this week with wins over Mercer 79-53 and Oregon State 59-42. Aliyah Boston led the Gamecocks in both victories combining for 39 points and 25 rebounds in the two games. The Gamecocks are the #1 seed in their region and are 24-4. Tech is the #5 seed and has wins over Stephen F. Austin and West Virginia. The Yellow Jackets are 17-8. The game will be Sunday in San Antonio with tipoff at 1:00 PM on ABC.
The Gamecocks baseball team broke a six game losing streak Sunday with a 6-5 win at Vanderbilt to salvage the final game of that three game series, which included the Gamecocks being no-hit on Saturday for the first time in 31 years. They followed up that win with an 8-3 victory over The Citadel Tuesday night, so the Gamecocks will carry some momentum into this weekend’s series at home against a Florida team that’s ranked in the top five, and like Vanderbilt, features some of the nation’s best pitching. The Gamecocks will go with their regular Friday and Saturday starters in Thomas Farr and Brannon Jordan, but the Sunday starter is to be determined after Julian Bosnic struggled in his last two outings. The Gamecocks are 13-6 and 1-2 in the SEC and ranked 20th by Baseball America. The Gators are 16-5 and 3-0 in the league.
The 23rd ranked Gamecock softball team plays an SEC series this weekend at Texas A&M. The Gamecocks took two out of three from UCF last weekend and are 17-7 overall, 0-3 in the SEC.
The men’s golf team returns to action Sunday in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw. They have finished 3rd and 5th in their last two tournaments. The top ranked women’s team won its program record fourth tournament of the season last weekend, the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Athens. The team is off until the SEC Championships in Birmingham April 14th, but four members of the team will play in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur starting March 31st. They are Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Ana Pelaez, Pimnipa Panthong and Paula Kirner.
The men’s soccer team dropped its last match last Saturday to Charlotte 2-0 to drop to 6-5-1 on the season. The Gamecocks will play at Florida Atlantic Saturday. The women’s team is ranked 13th this week and defeated Elon 3-0 Thursday night for their third straight win. The Gamecocks are 10-3 overall and 6-2 in the SEC. They were scheduled to play at Appalachian State Saturday but that match was cancelled. The next match is scheduled for April 10th at home against Clemson.
The Gamecock men’s tennis team has climbed to #10 in the polls and will host Arkansas on Sunday. The Gamecocks are coming off a 4-3 loss at top ranked North Carolina last Sunday. They are 10-6 overall and 5-3 in the SEC. The women have won their last three matches after defeating Mississippi State Thursday in Starkville 4-1. They will play at Ole Miss Saturday. The Gamecocks are 7-9 overall and 4-5 in the SEC.
The beach volleyball team will host the Gamecock Grand Slam at Wheeler Beach this weekend. The Gamecocks are 13-4 and are ranked 15th nationally. An elite field will be on hand. #2 Florida State, #9 TCU, #16 Stetson and #17 Georgia State will be coming to Columbia for the two day event.
And the 8th ranked equestrian team will compete in the SEC Championships this weekend at Georgia. The Gamecocks will face top ranked Auburn in one of the two semi-finals. Georgia and Texas A&M meet in the other semi-final. The Gamecocks are 1-5 overall and in the SEC.