The defending national champions look to continue another incredible start as the calendar turns to 2023, as the No. 1 team in the nation, the South Carolina Gamecocks, begin the new year with a conference matchup against the Georgia Bulldogs.
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It is as if coach Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks have not missed a beat since their championship-winning season. Led by their star guard Zia Cooke, South Carolina has all the makings of being a favorite once again come March. Dating back to last season, the school is riding a 19-game winning streak, having not lost since March of last year. The Gamecocks opened their conference schedule last Thursday with a dominating 76-34 win against Texas A&M, where Talaysia Cooper led SC with 15 points. With that win, the Gamecocks have held their opponents to under 50 points in five-straight games. So far this season, Cooke and Aliyah Boston are the only two players averaging over 10 points a game.
While Georgia is comfortably above .500 as their SEC schedule gets into full swing, their offensive struggles give cause for concern when they start taking on the top teams in the conference, including South Carolina. The Bulldogs began conference play with a loss to Alabama last week, and have dropped two of their last three games, including a defeat at the hands of West Virginia where Georgia amassed just 45 points. Against “Power-5″ schools, the Dawgs are just 2-4 thus far.
Despite coming in as underdogs, Georgia is 33-22 all-time against South Carolina. However, the Gamecocks have won each of the last 15 meetings, with the Bulldogs’ last win coming back in January 2013.
What: NCAA Women’s Basketball
Who: #1 South Carolina Gamecocks (13-0, 1-0 SEC) vs. Georgia Bulldogs (11-4, 0-1 SEC)
When: Monday, January 2
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Stegeman Coliseum (Athens, Ga.)
Channel: SEC Network