Dawn Staley and her Lady Gamecock basketball team seemingly can’t catch a break, as the current (hoops) season moves toward the end of regular play.
Losing a close game to Mississippi State, at Colonial Life Arena (CLA), Staley’s charges suffered another stinging defeat at the same on campus facility just days later, when they were beaten 72-68 by Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference (SEC) contest Sun.(Feb.14).
The loss to the 10-14,3-9 SEC Razorbacks, who were down to them by 18, with a little over eight minutes left in league duel, all but eliminated the Lady Gamecocks (13-12,6-7) from NCAA Women postseason championship competition.
In the loss to the Razorbacks, the Lady Gamecocks were led in scoring by guard Valerie Nainima, who totalled a game-high 16 points.
While continuing the misery for the Lady Gamecocks, the Razorbacks were paced in scoring by Sarah Watkins, Charity Ford and Lyndsay Harris, who contributed 14 points each.
With the loss to the Razorbacks, the Lady Gamecocks dropped to 9th place in SEC standings.