The USC women's basketball team continues to maintain a high level of respect nationally.

After media attending the SEC Tipoff in Nashville picked the Gamecocks to win their fourth straight SEC championship, voters for USA Today's Preseason Top 25 have the Garnet third nationally behind top-ranked UConn and Notre Dame.

USC did receive three first-place votes.

Carolina will play its first game November 7, an exhibition against Benedict College with tipoff set for 7:00 p.m.