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USC women's soccer continues hot start

The South Carolina women's soccer team continued its hot start over the weekend, beating UNLV 1-0 for its fourth straight win.

The Lady Gamecocks are 4-0 for the first time in school history and rose to a No. 13 national ranking. Shannon Bigbie scored her first career goal off a rebound from Blakely Mattern to cinch the win.

Mattern was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week after making the all-tournament team. It was the second straight week a Lady Gamecock earned an honor after goalie Lindsay Thorstenson won SEC Player of the Week last week.

USC hosts Winthrop at 7 p.m. today at Stone Stadium. They Lady Gamecocks have four more non-conference matches, including the rivalry game at Clemson, before beginning SEC play on Sept. 27.

• ON THE LINKS: Clemson's men's golf team began its season last week at the Topy Cup in Japan, finishing seventh.

Playing without their best golfer, Kyle Stanley, who was on the U.S. Walker Cup team, the Tigers finished behind champion Tohoku Fukushi University, Alabama, Stanford, Duke and two other Japanese teams. Ben Martin shot a one-under 215 over three days and finished 16th.

Martin was the ninth-highest U.S. finisher and tied for first on the first day with a 67. Luke Hopkins came in four strokes behind Martin and was followed by David May with a 221.

• OUCH: USC's women's basketball team suffered a severe blow when freshman guard Ashlie Billingslea tore her left ACL during a pickup game last week. Although the Lady Gamecocks hope Billingslea will rehab quickly and get back on the court this season, the freshman will likely apply for a medical redshirt and sit out.

A first-team All-State selection at Stephenson (Ga.) High School last year, Billingslea was named an honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's magazine. She figured prominently in the Gamecocks' plans at point guard after leading her high school to a No. 5 national ranking.

USC finished 18-15 last year and made it to the third round of the Women's NIT. Coach Susan Walvis signed the No. 18 recruiting class in the nation to replace the loss of seven seniors.

• HONORED: Clemson women's soccer midfielder Molly Franklin was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week after scoring a goal and notching four assists in three matches last week.

Franklin assisted on both goals in a 2-1 win over Long Beach State and had an assist apiece against Western Carolina and Coastal Carolina. She scored her first goal of the season against Coastal.

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