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Dawn Staley throws her head back and hands out in celebration of the WBB National Championship.

Let it Reign!

Dawn Staley’s remarkable women’s basketball team brought home the third national championship in program history.

After a tough loss to Iowa in the 2023 Final Four, Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks lost seven seniors — five to the WNBA. Thanks to a stellar recruiting class and some key transfers, though, they reloaded and set out for revenge. The efforts earned multiple coach of the year honors for Staley, rings and pieces of net for her players and staff, and a third championship for Gamecock Nation.

Photo of Ashlyn Watkins by Jeff Blake; photos of Chloe Kitts and Sania Feagin by Kim Truett; all other photos courtesy of South Carolina Athletics.


Carolinian Magazine

This article was originally published in Carolinian, the alumni magazine for the University of South Carolina. Meet more dynamic Carolinians and discover once again what makes our university great.

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Cover of the Carolinian Magazine.