November 5, 2020 

Gamecocks WBB release non-conference schedule

Action tips on day before Thanksgiving

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Who’s ready for some turkey, dressing, and Gamecock basketball?

The Dawn Staley-led South Carolina Gamecocks will open their non-conference basketball schedule on the day after Thanksgiving against College of Charleston.

Staley announced her team’s eight-game 2020-21 non-conference schedule Thursday morning. The Gamecocks will host three non-conference home games in addition to the eight SEC games slated to be at their home stadium, Colonial Life Arena, this season.

The Gamecocks finished last season ranked No. 1 with a 32-1 record – the nation’s longest win streak at 26 consecutive games – and a direct line to an NCAA championship when the coronavirus hit.

Per the team announcement, Colonial Life Arena will host three non-conference games this season beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 25, when College of Charleston visits followed by NC State on Dec. 3 and Dec. 17 against Temple.

“Scheduling was more challenging this season, and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we worked through how to put our program in the best position to be prepared to fight for SEC and national championships again this season,” Staley said in a prepared statement. “We are excited about the schedule we have put together and look forward to getting into the routine of basketball season in a few weeks.”

In between those home games, South Carolina will travel to a three-game tournament Thanksgiving weekend that will be announced soon, and the Gamecocks are back in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge this season, traveling to Iowa State for a game on Sunday, Dec. 6. As is their now annual tradition, South Carolina and UConn will step out of conference play in February for a premier matchup to be played in Storrs this season on Monday, Feb. 8.

South Carolina was approved to welcome fans to Colonial Life Arena for home games this season, which will have an approximate seating capacity of 3,500 to allow for social distancing between ticket pods of two, four, or six seats. Facial coverings will be required for staff and fans at all times in all areas of the arena, and patrons will be required to follow the SEC and University fan safety guidelines.

2020-21 Gamecock Non-Conference Schedule

Wed., Nov 25 vs. College of Charleston at Colonial Life Arena

Nov. 28-30 Thanksgiving Tournament

Thu., Dec. 3 vs. NC State at Colonial Life Arena

Sun., Dec. 6 at Iowa State

Thu., Dec. 17 vs. Temple at Colonial Life Arena

Mon., Feb. 8 at UConn

Written by Dorothy J. Gentry

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