Defending national champion South Carolina women's basketball is set to start the 2024-25 season with a high-profile matchup against Michigan women's basketball at the Hall of Fame Series Las Vegas Nov. 4. The game marks the first meeting between the Gamecocks and Wolverines since 1995. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley expressed her enthusiasm for the event, highlighting its significance for the team and fans.

“We're excited to have another great destination and event to start our 2024-25 season, for our team and for our FAMS,” Staley said, per the Associated Press. “The Hall of Fame Series has become an incredible showcase for the country's best teams in both men's and women's basketball, and we're looking forward to adding our names to that slate this season.”

Last season, South Carolina opened their championship run with a victory over Notre Dame in Paris, setting the stage for their undefeated season. The Gamecocks finished 38-0, becoming the 10th undefeated champion in women's basketball history.

A championship season to remember for South Carolina

South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Dawn Staley and guard Bree Hall (23) celebrate after defeating the NC State Wolfpack in the semifinals of the Final Four of the womens 2024 NCAA Tournament at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
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The Gamecocks 2023-24 season was nothing short of historic, and the team is eager to run it back. Te-Hina Paopao revealed the team's ambitious goal for the upcoming season, quoting teammate Raven Johnson.

“In the words of Raven ‘Crockpot' Johnson: it's time for the repeat tour!” Te-Hina Paopao said at the championship parade in April.

Coach Staley reflected on the team's journey, emphasizing their and determination. “God sometimes says: I can show you better than I can tell you,” Staley remarked, acknowledging the team’s ability to overcome past heartbreak and achieve their third program title in 2024.

Dawn Staley looking ahead to another historic season

The Gamecocks are determined to maintain their success as they prepare for the 2024-25 season, driven by a mix of returning stars and promising newcomers.

Paopao, known for her sharp shooting, is expected to be a key player, having shot a career-high 46.8% from beyond the arc last season. Other crucial returnees include Johnson, Chloe Kitts, Tessa Johnson and MiLaysia Fulwiley, all of whom played vital roles in the team’s championship run.

Kitts delivered an impressive 10-point, 11-rebound performance in the championship game against Iowa, while Johnson added 19 points and four rebounds off the bench. Fulwiley also contributed with nine points, four rebounds and four assists

Despite their strong roster, the Gamecocks will face stiff competition. Fellow SEC powerhouse LSU remains a formidable opponent, and the rise of USC guard Juju Watkins poses a new challenge.