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NCAAW: Where each team stands entering the 2024 Final Four

Oregon State v South Carolina

Who doesn’t love the NCAA Tournament Final Four? It’s the apex of college basketball’s most exciting time of year, and with one team remaining from each of the tournament’s four regionals, there’s no shortage of excitement no matter who you’re pulling for.

This year, we have several repeat customers, with the South Carolina Gamecocks and Iowa Hawkeyes both returning to the Final Four after their dramatic matchup last season. They’re joined by the UConn Huskies, who are no strangers to this stage of the tournament, and the NC State Wolfpack, who have reached this point for just the second time in their program’s history.

There’s plenty of star power in the Final Four, too, with several of the NCAA’s biggest names taking center stage and a handful of players who will participate in the 2024 WNBA Draft shortly after the conclusion of the tournament. Here’s everything you need to know about the competing teams.

South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina’s roster looks a lot different than it did last season, but the Gamecocks’ winning ways haven’t changed.
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Round of 64: 91-39 vs. Presbyterian

Round of 32: 88-41 vs. North Carolina

Sweet 16: 79-75 vs. Indiana

Elite Eight: 70-58 vs. Oregon State

What a season it’s been for South Carolina. The Gamecocks lost an unenviable amount of talent to the 2023 WNBA Draft, but Dawn Staley reloaded her program quickly and effectively, and they haven’t lost a game since then—a span that now exceeds a full calendar year. South Carolina spent nearly the entire regular season ranked No. 1 in the country by the Associated Press, went undefeated in both conference and non-conference play and earned the top overall seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament, so expectations understandably have been high.

Needless to say, the Gamecocks have met those expectations, breezing through their first two tournament matchups and never truly looking challenged in the others, save for a close second half against Indiana. South Carolina is arguably the most well-balanced of this year’s Final Four contenders; Staley has at her disposal two of the country’s top shot-blockers in Kamilla Cardoso and Ashlyn Watkins, a dynamic starting backcourt that can both shoot and distribute in Te-Hina Paopao and Raven Johnson, a top-tier perimeter defender in Bree…

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