Soaring Eagles fly into NCAA Tournament

Posted March 14, 2017

The Gamecocks Women's Basketball team is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

South Carolina's road to a possible return to the Final Four just got a little more hard.

The other South Region game will feature the No. 8 Arkansas Razorbacks against the No. 9 seed Seton Hall. The Gamecocks have not won a game in the event since 1973, falling to Memphis in Kansas City in their most recent appearance 13 seasons ago.

The women's tournament has the top four teams in each region play host for the first round, so as you might be able to guess, the victor of the Marquette/Quinnipiac game will advance to play either #4 seeded Miami (FL) or #13 seeded Florida Gulf Coast. After trying to play on it again in the semi-finals game, she reinjured it and now her career is over with the Gamecocks.

SC was named a No. 1 seed Monday. Staley announced Coates' status on Tuesday, but did not comment about the impact her absence will have on the Gamecocks. Stay with GamecockCentral.com for complete NCAA tournament coverage.

Coates was recently named to the All-SEC Team.

She ends her college career as South Carolina's second leading rebounder (1,230) and second in career double-doubles (57).

Coates played against Kentucky again in the SEC Tournament semifinals for just four minutes before injuring the ankle again and heading into the locker room. During last week's SEC Tournament, she played in one game, but then sat for the rest of the tournament.