Dawn Staley (Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - USC women's basketball coach Dawn Staley released her team's schedule for the upcoming season Tuesday.
The team's first official game (following an exhibition contest against North Greenville) will be Friday, November 8th when they take on Charleston Southern in Columbia.
Some of the highlights of their non-conference schedule include a meeting with Clemson November 20th and a trip to Los Angeles to take on "the other USC" (Southern Cal) November 25th.
On January 2nd, they begin SEC play against Arkansas. They conclude the regular season on March 2nd at Tennessee. The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament starts three days later.
The team also announced Tuesday that they're starting a "Drive for 5K" this season, a season-ticket campaign to bring 5,000 fans to every game. (The "five" comes from Staley's jersey number as a player.) The school says that in the last two years, the team has gone from 43rd in the attendance nationally to 26th, averaging 4,000 fans a game.
Season tickets are $50 for a reserved seat or $100
for a Family Four-Pack of four general admission tickets. Visit
www.GamecocksOnline.com/tickets or call 1-800-4SC-FANS to purchase season tickets.
2013-2014 USC Women's Basketball Schedule
Fri., Nov. 1 North Greenville (Exhibition) Columbia, S.C.
Fri., Nov. 8 Charleston Southern Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Nov. 10 Louisiana Tech Columbia, S.C.
Thu., Nov. 14 College of Charleston Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Nov. 17 Seton Hall Columbia, S.C.
Wed., Nov. 20 at Clemson Clemson, S.C.
Sat., Nov. 23 at San Diego State San Diego, Calif.
Mon., Nov. 25 at Southern California Los Angeles, Calif.
Mon., Dec. 2 North Carolina Central Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Dec. 8 at Charlotte Charlotte, N.C.
Myrtle Beach Classic
Wed., Dec. 18 vs. North Carolina Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Fri., Dec. 20 Winthrop Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Dec. 22 South Carolina State Columbia, S.C.
Sat., Dec. 28 Savannah State Columbia, S.C.
Thu., Jan. 2 at Arkansas* Fayetteville, Ark.
Sun., Jan. 5 Vanderbilt* Columbia, S.C.
Thu., Jan. 9 Kentucky* Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Jan. 12 at Auburn* Auburn, Ala.
Thu., Jan. 16 at Texas A&M* College Station, Texas
Sun., Jan. 19 Alabama* Columbia, S.C.
Sun. Jan. 26 at Vanderbilt* Nashville, Tenn.
Thu., Jan. 30 Mississippi* Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Feb. 2 Missouri* Columbia, S.C.
Thu., Feb. 6 at Mississippi State* Starkville, Miss.
Sun., Feb. 9 Arkansas* Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Feb. 16 at LSU* Baton Rouge, La.
Thu., Feb. 20 at Kentucky* Lexington, Ky.
Sun., Feb. 23 Florida* Columbia, S.C.
Thu., Feb. 27 Georgia* Columbia, S.C.
Sun., Mar. 2 at Tennessee* Knoxville, Tenn.
Wed. Mar. 5 First Round Duluth, Ga.
Thu., Mar. 6 Second Round Duluth, Ga.
Fri., Mar. 7 Quarterfinals Duluth, Ga.
Sat., Mar. 8 Semifinals Duluth, Ga.
Sun., Mar. 9 Final Duluth, Ga.
* indicates SEC game
All Times Listed as Eastern