These Girls Are On Fire

By Rixon Lane

With football season drawing to a close, it's time for Gamecock fans to turn their attention to other sports. 

Baseball season is just two months away and Frank Martin appears to have the men's basketball program heading in the right direction.

However, there is one team that every single South Carolina fan should go see before the season ends; women's basketball. Need a reason to check out Dawn Staley's squad? Here's 10 of them. 


1. #1

The Gamecocks sit atop the rankings with an unblemished 12-0 record. They have owned the top spot in the AP Top 25 for six consecutive weeks. Additionally, the Gamecocks have been the consensus number one team in the country for the last month. This season marks the first time in the history of the program that South Carolina has been ranked #1. 


2. Big Trouble

South Carolina's roster features four players who are at least 6'4". A'ja Wilson, Elem Ibiam, Jatarie White, and Alaina Coates have combined for 261 rebounds and 49 blocks this season. The best news for South Carolina? Coates is just a sophomore, while both Wilson and White are freshmen. 


3. Tiffany Trey

Junior guard Tiffany Mitchell is the second-most accurate three-point shooter in women's basketball, connecting on 53.8% of her attempts from beyond the arc. She also leads the Gamecocks with 14.8 points per game and is an 80% free throw shooter. The reigning SEC Player of the Year, Mitchell was South Carolina's first WCBA All-American selection. She is also the 30th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points. 

4. Streaking

The Gamecocks have won 12 consecutive games to open the 2014-15 season. One more win will tie the school record, set during the 1985-86 campaign. 

5. Domination

South Carolina has won nine of its 12 games this season by 20 points or more. The average margin of victory for the Gamecocks this season is 32.3 points per game. 

6. Being Offensive

The Gamecocks are threatening to break the school record of 80.2 points per game, set in 1988-89. Through 12 games this season, South Carolina is averaging 79.9 points per contest. 

7. Lockdown

South Carolina is on pace to have the most dominant defense in school history. The Gamecocks are only allowing 47.6 points per game, well ahead of the school record of 51.4, set by the 2011-12 team. 

8. Loud, Proud CLA

After having the 10th-highest attendance in Division I women's basketball last season, South Carolina is on pace shatter last year's mark of 6,371. The Gamecocks have seen an average of 9,905 fans per home game this season. 

9. Hall of Fame Coaching

Not only was Dawn Staley one of the best college and pro women's basketball players of all time, she has taken South Carolina from a 10-win team six seasons ago to the top team in America. The Gamecocks have Final Four talent and have made no secret that a national championship run is their goal. 

10. No Blown Fourth Quarter Leads

Honestly, do you need any other reason?