Philadelphia native Dawn Staley, the former Temple coach, has led 21st-ranked South Carolina to several milestones in her five seasons there. She hopes to add another one to that portfolio against No. 1 Stanford.
Staley was the tough-as-nails point guard for No. 2 Virginia when it pulled out a 75-74 victory over No. 1 Maryland in 1992.
"It was electric," Staley recalled Tuesday.
Staley is banking on a similar atmosphere at Colonial Life Arena on Wednesday night when her Gamecocks (10-0) try to end their 0-8 program record against top-ranked teams. The Cardinal (9-0) took over the top spot last month by defeating defending national champion Baylor.
"I think we've had some success this year, and we want to build on it," Staley said.
Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer led Team USA, with Staley playing point guard, to the gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
"Tara made me a student of the game," Staley said.
West Chester 83, Slippery Rock 43 - Brittany Sicinski, a freshman from Downingtown West, scored 15 points Tuesday as the visiting Golden Rams rolled to a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference win over the Rock (1-6, 0-4 PSAC). Freshman Dallas Ely added 14 points for the Rams (5-2, 2-2).
Richard Stockton 72, Gwynedd-Mercy 56 - Che'Na Thompson (Salem) had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists for the Ospreys (5-2) in Gwynedd Valley. Shea Wassel (Lansdale Catholic) had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Griffins (6-3), whose win streak ended at five games.