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2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team

The 2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team represents the University of South Carolina during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Gamecocks, led by eighth year head coach Dawn Staley, play their home games at the Colonial Life Arena and were members of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 33–2, 16–0 in SEC play to win the SEC regular season and the tournament championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament. They defeated Jacksonville and Kansas State in the first and second rounds before getting upset by Syracuse in the sweet sixteen.

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Rainbow Wahine Showdown Champions
SEC Tournament Champions
SEC Regular Season Champions
NCAA Women's Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 3
2015–16 record33–2 (16–0 SEC)
Head coachDawn Staley (8th season)
Assistant coachLisa Boyer
Assistant coachNikki McCray-Penson
Assistant coachFred Chmiel
Home arenaColonial Life Arena
Seasons
2015–16 SEC women's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 South Carolina 16 0   1.000     33 2   .943
#15 Mississippi State 11 5   .688     28 8   .778
#18 Texas A&M 11 5   .688     22 10   .688
#12 Kentucky 10 6   .625     25 8   .758
#25 Florida 10 6   .625     22 9   .710
Georgia 9 7   .563     21 10   .677
Missouri 8 8   .500     22 10   .688
Tennessee 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Auburn 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
Arkansas 7 9   .438     12 18   .400
Vanderbilt 5 11   .313     18 14   .563
Alabama 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
LSU 3 13   .188     10 21   .323
Ole Miss 2 14   .125     10 20   .333
2016 SEC Tournament winner
As of March 27, 2016; Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

RosterEdit

2015–16 South Carolina Gamecocks women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Shay Colley 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Fr St. Edmund Campion Secondary Brampton, ON
G 1 Bianca Cuevas 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) So Nazareth Regional Bronx, NY
G 3 Kaydra Duckett 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) So Dreher Columbia, SC
G 4 Doniyah Cliney 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) RS Fr Malcolm X Shabazz Newark, NJ
G 5 Khadijah Sessions 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sr North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC
G 10 Allisha Gray (I)   6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Jr Washington County
North Carolina
Sandersville, GA
G 15 Tiffany Davis 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) RS So Westbury Christian Houston, TX
F 22 A'ja Wilson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) So Heathwood Hall Hopkins, SC
G 23 Tina Roy 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) RS Sr Kaplan Kaplan, LA
C 24 Sarah Imovbioh 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Sr St. Anne's-Belfield
Virginia
Abuja, Nigeria
G 25 Tiffany Mitchell 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Sr Providence Day Charlotte, NC
G/F 31 Asia Dozier 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Sr Spring Valley Columbia, SC
G 35 Kaela Davis (I)   6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Jr Buford
Georgia Tech
Suwanee, GA
F 40 Jatarie White 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) So Providence Day Charlotte, NC
C 41 Alaina Coates 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Jr Dutch Fork Irmo, SC
G 44 India Farmer 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Jr North Myrtle Beach North Myrtle Beach, SC
Head coach

Dawn Staley (Virginia)

Assistant coach(es)

Lisa Boyer (Ithaca College)
Nikki McCray-Penson (Tennessee)
Fred Chmiel (Alaska–Anchorage)


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

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Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/06/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 2 Newberry W 93–49 
Colonial Life Arena 
Columbia, SC
Regular season
11/13/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 2 No. 6 Ohio State W 88–80  1–0
Colonial Life Arena (16,815)
Columbia, SC
11/15/2015*
3:00 PM
No. 2 UNC Greensboro W 91–44  2–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,607)
Columbia, SC
11/18/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 2 at Clemson
Rivalry
W 67–41  3–0
Jervey Athletic Center (1,030)
Clemson, SC
11/22/2015*
4:00 PM, P12N
No. 2 at UCLA W 68–65  4–0
Pauley Pavilion (2,018)
Los Angeles, CA
11/27/2015*
7:30 PM
No. 2 vs. No. 16 Arizona State
Rainbow Wahine Showdown
W 60–58  5–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
11/28/2015*
6:30 PM
No. 2 vs. Cal State Bakersfield
Rainbow Wahine Showdown
W 90–71  6–0
Stan Sheriff Center 
Honolulu, HI
11/29/2015*
10:00 PM
No. 2 at Hawaiʻi
Rainbow Wahine Showdown
W 67–51  7–0
Stan Sheriff Center (2,073)
Honolulu, HI
12/06/2015*
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 14 Duke W 66–55  8–0
Colonial Life Arena (16,429)
Columbia, SC
12/13/2015*
2:00 PM, SECN
No. 2 Winthrop W 86–37  9–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,409)
Columbia, SC
12/16/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 2 Hampton W 86–48  10–0
Colonial Life Arena (12,117)
Columbia, SC
12/20/2015*
1:00 PM, ASN
No. 2 vs. East Carolina
Carolinas Challenge
W 89–57  11–0
Myrtle Beach Convention Center 
Myrtle Beach, SC
12/22/2015*
7:00 PM
No. 2 Elon W 78–63  12–0
Colonial Life Arena (13,670)
Columbia, SC
01/03/2016
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 2 Arkansas W 85–32  13–0 (1–0)
Colonial Life Arena (13,407)
Columbia, SC
01/07/2016
9:00 PM, SECN
No. 2 at Vanderbilt W 71–61  14–0 (2–0)
Memorial Gymnasium (2,547)
Nashville, TN
01/10/2016
12:00 PM, SECN
No. 2 No. 20 Missouri W 83–58  15–0 (3–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,934)
Columbia, SC
01/14/2016
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 2 at No. 9 Kentucky W 73–62  16–0 (4–0)
Memorial Coliseum (5,527)
Lexington, KY
01/17/2016
1:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 15 Texas A&M W 59–58  17–0 (5–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,406)
Columbia, SC
01/21/2016
7:00 PM
No. 2 at Auburn W 74–58  18–0 (6–0)
Auburn Arena (2,419)
Auburn, AL
01/24/2016
5:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 at No. 10 Mississippi State W 57–51  19–0 (7–0)
Humphrey Coliseum (10,626)
Starkville, MS
01/28/2016
7:00 PM
No. 2 Ole Miss W 81–62  20–0 (8–0)
Colonial Life Arena (14,313)
Columbia, SC
01/31/2016
6:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 2 at No. 10 Texas A&M W 70–63  21–0 (9–0)
Reed Arena (8,511)
College Station, TX
02/04/2016
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 2 No. 18 Kentucky W 78–68  22–0 (10–0)
Colonial Life Arena (15,015)
Columbia, SC
02/08/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 1 Connecticut L 54–66  22–1
Colonial Life Arena (18,000)
Columbia, SC
02/11/2016
7:00 PM
No. 2 No. 16 Florida W 86–71  23–1 (11–0)
Colonial Life Arena (13,324)
Columbia, SC
02/15/2016
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 3 at No. 24 Tennessee W 62–56  24–1 (12–0)
Thompson–Boling Arena (12,014)
Knoxville, TN
02/18/2016
7:00 PM
No. 3 Georgia W 61–51  25–1 (13–0)
Colonial Life Arena (16,186)
Columbia, SC
02/22/2016
7:00 PM, SECN
No. 3 at Alabama W 66–46  26–1 (14–0)
Foster Auditorium (2,649)
Tuscaloosa, AL
02/25/2016
9:00 PM, SECN
No. 3 at Ole Miss W 66–45  27–1 (15–0)
The Pavilion at Ole Miss (1,473)
Oxford, MS
02/28/2016
2:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 LSU W 75–39  28–1 (16–0)
Colonial Life Arena (16,240)
Columbia, SC
SEC Women's Tournament
03/04/2016
12:00 PM, SECN
No. 3 vs. Auburn
Quarterfinals
W 57–48  29–1
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
03/05/2016
3:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 3 vs. No. 13 Kentucky
Semifinals
W 93–63  30–1
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
Jacksonville, FL
03/06/2016
2:30 PM, ESPN
No. 3 vs. No. 16 Mississippi State
Championship Game
W 66–52  31–1
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (6,549)
Jacksonville, FL
NCAA Women's Tournament
03/18/2016*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
(1 SF) No. 3 (16 SF) Jacksonville
First Round
W 77–41  32–1
Colonial Life Arena (10,276)
Columbia, SC
03/20/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(1 SF) No. 3 (9 SF) Kansas State
Second Round
W 73–47  33–1
Colonial Life Arena (10,048)
Columbia, SC
03/25/2016*
7:00 PM, ESPN
(1 SF) No. 3 vs. (4 SF) No. 14 Syracuse
Sweet Sixteen
L 72–80  33–2
Denny Sanford Premier Center (4,610)
Sioux Falls, SD
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. SF=Sioux Falls Region.
All times are in Eastern Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 N/A
Coaches 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5

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