Staley sees bigger things ahead for South Carolina

AP Sports Writer

Dawn Staley was proud of what South Carolina accomplished this season and knows there's much more ahead for her young team.

The Gamecocks won their first Southeastern Conference championship, their 29 victories were the most in more than three decades and they earned the program's first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. And while South Carolina lost in the Stanford Regional semifinals to North Carolina, Staley believes that will empower her players to work even harder this offseason to take that next step.

Much of the club that went 29-5 this season returns, led by SEC player of the year Tiffany Mitchell, all-SEC player Aleighsa Welch and the league's freshman and sixth-woman of the year Alaina Coates.

Staley's adding several newcomers who are expected to push the returnees.

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