Gamecocks to host Rebels, not Huskies Thursday night

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COLOMBIA, South Carolina – On Thursday, Jan. 27, South Carolina women’s basketball will now host SEC foe Ole Miss instead of non-conference rival UConn at Colonial Life Arena. The whistleblowing time and broadcast information will be announced soon. All tickets for the original match on January 27 will be honored for the match against Ole Miss.

“I know our fans always enjoy the UConn game and our team enjoys the rivalry, but I’ve always said that our conference season and especially our goal of another SEC championship is more central to our program,” said South Carolina head coach. Dawn Staley noted. “As we approach the second half of the league next month, it has become more important to complete our SEC schedule to keep us in the hunt for a conference title. This Thursday is one of the few dates open for Ole Miss, so with my team’s best interests at heart, I’ve begun the conversations that got us to this point.”

The Gamecocks and Rebels were originally scheduled to play Jan. 2 but had to postpone due to a combination of positive COVID-19 tests, contact tracing and the subsequent quarantine of individuals under the Ole Miss program. UConn, which has also suffered several game postponements from the BIG EAST, agreed to the schedule change.

“Dawn contacted me to reschedule the series for this season,” UConn head coach Geno Auriemma said. “It’s a priority for South Carolina to create SEC games, so it’s the best move for them right now. We know a lot of fans were thrilled with this game, but we’re looking forward to continuing the streak. with South Carolina in future seasons.”

Thursday’s game was the last of the previous two-way deal with UConn, and a new deal for the next two seasons was signed this summer. Staley and UConn head coach Geno Auriemma will continue conversations throughout the offseason to determine any changes to the home/away rotation for those games. The Gamecocks and Huskies have played every regular season since the 2014-15 season, and that streak continues despite being canceled this week as the two met Nov. 22 in the Bahamas. South Carolina won that outing 73-57.

Keep checking GamecocksOnline.com and the team’s social media accounts (@GamecockWBB) for the latest information on the women’s basketball season.

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