Palo Alto, CA (WLTX) -- They say revenge is a dish best served cold. No. 1 South Carolina will be looking to avenge its December stumble vs. No. 4 North Carolina Sunday in the Sweet 16.
The Gamecocks enter the regional semifinal after wins over Cal State Northridge and Oregon State. The Tarheels march to their matchup with South Carolina following wins over UT-Martin and Michigan State. North Carolina leads the season series against South Carolina 1-0 afer the 74-66 win in December in Myrtle Beach, SC. USC's Aleighsa Welch had 23 points that night, but the game was won on the glass as UNC won the rebounding battle 43-33. Gamecock point guard Khadijah Sessions also left the game following an ankle injury. USC's Head Coach Dawn Staley sees little value in studying the film from their first meeting this season.
""We took a peek at it. I don't think you can take much from the game aside from some little things, adjustments we can make," Staley said Saturday. "I think both teams are playing at a different level, so you have to get more current."
Both teams have grown tremendously since their initial meeting this season, the Gamecocks have gone 20-3 while capturing an SEC regular season title. The Tarheels are 16-7 in the same time span. Both tewams are led by extraordinary players. USC's Tiffany Mitchell was named the SEC's Player of the Year, while UNC's Diamond DeShields was honored as ACC's Freshman of the Year. Some say the matchup between these two may decide the outcome of the game.
The border battle of the Carolinas tips off at 6:30 EST.