The No. 5 seed UNC women’s basketball team will face No. 1 seed South Carolina in the Greensboro Coliseum Complex on Friday night for a Sweet 16 border battle.
One Carolina team, the Gamecocks, is a seasoned group hungry for redemption. South Carolina fell to Stanford in last year’s Final Four. This season, the team never surrendered its top spot in the AP Top-25 rankings and is the heavy favorite to win the NCAA Tournament.
The other Carolina team, the Tar Heels, is a young, spry squad eager for another chance to prove themselves. The Tar Heels weren’t in the AP Top 20 until early January. And the last time UNC was in the Sweet 16, four of its current starters weren’t even in high school.
North Carolina will face its most difficult test of the season against a team that’s looked unbeatable all year. Here’s a breakdown of South Carolina’s three core veterans.
Guard Destanni Henderson
South Carolina’s offense starts with first-team All-SEC guard Destanni Henderson.
Though Henderson is a top three scorer for the Gamecocks, her forte is facilitating. She’s had 14 games this season with at least five assists, and still dished a combined 12 assists in South Carolina’s sole losses to Missouri and Kentucky. Her 1.9 assist/turnover ratio makes her one of the SEC’s top floor generals.
Not to be outdone from behind the arc, Henderson has made the most 3-pointers on the team, shooting at an efficient 38.6 percent clip.