Changing of the guard: Gamecocks look to backcourt success

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina is changing its approach this season, turning to its deep group of guards to keep the four-time Southeastern Conference Tournament champions on top.

Coach Dawn Staley led the team to a national title in 2017, largely with a run of players like Alaina Coates and last year's consensus national player of the year A'ja Wilson.

But with the 6-foot-5 Wilson excelling as a WNBA rookie in Las Vegas, Staley's most experienced and talented players start in the backcourt.


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