The Winthrop womens basketball team will face its sternest test of the season on Friday when it travels to Columbia to take on No. 10 South Carolina at noon.
Winthrop (6-2) will try to pull off the biggest win in school history. The Eagles will be facing a South Carolina team that is 9-1 after having its unbeaten streak snapped by No. 14 North Carolina on Wednesday night in Myrtle Beach.
The teams have not met since New Years Day of 2007 when Winthrop fell 75-30 in Columbia. The Gamecocks have won the last four meetings.
The Eagles are led by senior point guard Dequesha McClanahan who also leads the Big South Conference in scoring and assists with averages of 21.4 points and 8.1 assists per game.
Those averages also rank her among the national leaders at No. 28 in scoring and No. 4 in assists. McClanahan needs just five more assists to break Shelia Baileys record of 595 which has stood since 1992.
Sophomore center Schaquilla Nunn leads the conference in rebounding and blocked shots with 12.1 boards and 2.88 blocks per game. She is also averages a double-double with 14.7 points per game.
South Carolina coach Dawn Staley finished her Houston Comets WNBA career while Winthrop coach Kevin Cook was a Comets assistant.